About the Author

Edward W. Said, one of the country's most distinguished literary critics, is Parr Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He was Visiting Professor in Comparative Literature at Harvard and a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and delivered the Gauss lectures in criticism at Princeton in 1977. In 1976 his bookBeginnings: Intention and Method won the first annual Lionel Trilling Award given at Columbia University.

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In this study of one of the most intractable of international problems, Said formulates a plea to the West to recognize the real problems of Palestine and its people, particularly with reference to the Palestinian-Israeli war. To many Israel; s, Palestine is not only a threat to national security, it is aiso an unmentionable subject. TheWestern media, Said argues, have largely concurred in the view of the Palestinian as either a refugee, an extremist, or a terrorist; he shows that this derives from an entrenched cultural attitude towards Palestinians, revealing age-old prejudices about Islam, the Arabs and the Orient. There is no other way, as Said shows, to explain how fundamental concepts of freedom, such as self-determination from colonialism, and freedom of information, are denied the Palestinians in the councils of the West.

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