(Arabic profile: إدوارد سعيد
Edward W. Said was born in Jerusalem and raised in Egypt until his parents sent him to the United States in 1951.
Said graduated from Princeton University in 1957 and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1964.
He was a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York and held his chair until his death at 67. His major interests were in many fields, including literature, musics and Palestinian issues. He was best-known by his tireless roles of supporting Palestine's freedom and countering violence in Middle East.
His first and most important work Orientalism
published in 1978 is a groundbreaking criticism of systematic conceptual invention of "East" and "West" by European imperialists and its influenced intellectuals and writers. It is influenced in such fields as literary criticism and cultural studies.
He was recognised as one of the founders of the study of postcolonialism.
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