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Edward Said

Influential intellectual on postcolonial discourse.

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Date of Birth:



Jerusalem, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Said's critical work has reshaped global perspectives on the East and has been instrumental in the study of post colonialism, especially concerning the Palestinian experience.

Brief bio

Edward Said, a Palestinian American academic and critic, was influential in the fields of literary criticism, cultural studies, and the global understanding of Orientalism. His seminal work "Orientalism" critiqued Western conceptions of the East and has had profound implications for postcolonial studies. Said's advocacy for Palestinian rights and his scholarly contributions have earned him global recognition.

Major Milestones


  • 1951: Relocation to the United States for education.

  • 1963: Began his teaching career at Columbia University.

  • 1978: Publication of "Orientalism," a groundbreaking critique of Western attitudes towards the East.

  • 1993: Release of "Culture and Imperialism," expanding his critique of colonial narratives.

  • 2003: Passed away on September 25 in New York, leaving a substantial intellectual legacy...See More

  • Foundational Works: "Orientalism" and "Culture and Imperialism" provided frameworks for understanding Western cultural hegemony and resistance in colonial and postcolonial contexts...See More

  • Palestinian Advocacy: Actively supported Palestinian rights and criticized U.S. and Israeli policies...See More

  • Academic Influence: His theories on Orientalism have become central to postcolonial literary and cultural studies...See More

  • Literary Analysis: Contributed to the understanding of the relationship between culture and imperialism...See More

  • Global Recognition: Received numerous accolades for his academic and literary work, influencing scholars worldwide...See More

Date of Last Update: 
December 15, 2023

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