Retrospective Thoughts on Orientalism

Nexus Lecture Edward Said

His book Orientalism (1975), in which Edward Said laid bare the prejudices which determined the Western, ‘orientalist’ outlook on the Arab world and the Middle East, caused an enormous stir on appearing. Fifteen years later, in the first Nexus lecture, Said looks back on its impact. He defends himself against those critics who call him anti-Western and points to a positive development which has since become noticeable in science: the questioning of assumptions about peoples and cultures which have often been commonly accepted for centuries.