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On Edward W. Said’s Orientalism

Rade Trivunčević
Alma Mater Europaea - ISH, Science and Research Centre Koper
Slovenia

Said’s work Orientalism was first published in 1978, and even until this day it raises some pressing questions in various circles of science and politics. His findings in this work made him one of the most important critics and theorists of the postcolonial era. With a careful review of literature and its analysis, he describes in great detail the development of Orientalism and its global impact over time, touching on a number of important humanistic and cultural issues, including the distinction between "we" and "they" and the eternal ethical issue of the intertwining of politics and science. But his detailed critique of the Western system, including its scientific research and development, does not want to “defend Islam and the Orient,” nor does he intend to further deepen the differences between East and West. By drawing attention to such mistakes, he urges future intellectuals and researchers to be aware of the impact of their own culture and environment on their work, to arm themselves with critical thinking, and to be ready to accept critiques and suggestions from the rest of the scientific community.

 

 


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