Thursday, September 25, 2003

RIP, Edward Said (1935-2003)

Edward Said, one of the most controversial and influential figures in the history of modern academia, died today of leukemia at the age of 67. In their lengthy obituary, the New York Times focuses mainly on his role as an advocate for the Palestinians, which he most assuredly was. Within academics, he is probably best known for his book Orientalism, considered the founding text of modern post-colonial theory from which spring all our notions about the the importance of understanding cultures on their own terms. In all his efforts, he was a man who spoke out sincerely about his beliefs and forced others to answer, starting new debates which have made the world a better place. For that, he will be sorely missed.

Moorishgirl has a good round-up of links to interesting Said articles, as well as her own notes on his passing.


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