"The Orient" is a creation of the Occident, its double, its opposite, the incarnation of its fears and its sense of superiority all at the same time, the flesh of a body of which it would only want to be the mind.
To study Orientalism, present in politics and literature, in travel stories and in science, we learn so little about the East, and much about the West. It is from this discourse that one will find here the masterly archeology.
Edward W. Said (1935-2003)
Born in Jerusalem, emigrated to the United States in 1951, he was professor of comparative literature at Columbia University. He is the author of more than twenty books, translated into thirty languages, including "Des intellectuels et du pouvoir".