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Reading Orientalism
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An ambitious intellectual history of the debates that Said's work has sparked across disciplines, highlighting its reception among Arab and European scholars

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AcknowledgmentsTo the Reader

Introduction

ORIENTING ORIENTALISMI "One That Cannot Now Be Rewritten"II Defin[ess]ing OrientalismIII Verbalizing an OrientIV The Growth (Benign, Cancerous, or Otherwise) of Orientalism

THE SAID AND THE UNSAID IN SAID'S MAGNUM OPUS ORIENTALEI Dissing Orientalism: All That Said Has DoneII Drawing the Fault LinesIII Self-Critique More Than Mere ImageIV A Novel Argument out of Blurred Genres

THE SEDUCTIVE CHARMS OF AND AGAINST ORIENTALISM1 Presenting and Representing OrientalismII The Essential[ism] ProblemIII What is Said (but True?) About SaidIV Beyond the Binary

NotesBibliographyIndex

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Daniel Martin Varisco is research professor at Qatar University and president of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies. He is the editor and translator of several Arabic texts, including Medieval Agriculture and Islamic Science: The Almanac of a Yemeni Sultan.

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"There is a lot of commentary available on Edward Said and Orientalism, but nothing like this. Varisco has compiled a comprehensive, critical overview of nearly everything that has been said on the topic. The notes and bibliography alone are a significant contribution to scholarship on Said and his work, but Varisco also uses his vast wealth of sources as the basis for a devastating critique of Said's methodology and conclusions - a critique that fairly acknowledges the beneficial consequences of Orientalism and the issues it raises." Walter G. Andrews, University of Washington "Varisco's book is long and closely argued, and it is impossible adequately to summarize its many points of contention in a review. Its discursive endnotes practically amount to a second book... [Reading Orientalism] makes for exhilarating reading ... "--TLS, May 9, 2008

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