This is a collection of Edward Said's articles and essays on the three interrelated issues for which he has campaigned ceaselessly for the past 20 years: the tragic plight of his fellow Palestinians, the need for a more subtle understanding of the Arab world on the part of the West, and the urgent need for intellectuals to regain a sense of political empowerment. These pieces, ranging from Black September to the Gulf War, Yasser Arafat to Nelson Mandela, shed light on the themes of dispossession and responsibility.
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"As this fascinating collection of essays confirms, no other liberation movement has had such a passionate, coherent, and objective voice as that given by Edward Said to the Palestinian people. Especially at this time of alleged transition in Israeli-Palestinian relations, Said's extraordinary moral imagination, political range, and cultural awareness provide a unique perspective. Anyone who claims concern with the past, present, and future fate of the Palestinian struggle needs to read and ponder Said's brilliantly sustained assessments."--Richard Falk, on The Politics of DispossessionFrom the Inside Flap:
Ever since the appearance of his groundbreaking The Question of Palestine, Edward Said has been America's most outspoken advocate for Palestinian self-determination. As these collected essays amply prove, he is also our most intelligent and bracingly heretical writer on affairs involving not only Palestinians but also the Arab and Muslim worlds and their tortuous relations with the West.
In The Politics of Dispossession Said traces his people's struggle for statehood through twenty-five years of exile, from the PLO's bloody 1970 exile from Jordan through the debacle of the Gulf War and the ambiguous 1994 peace accord with Israel. As frank as he is about his personal involvement in that struggle, Said is equally unsparing in his demolition of Arab icons and American shibboleths. Stylish, impassioned, and informed by a magisterial knowledge of history and literature, The Politics of Dispossession is a masterly synthesis of scholarship and polemic that has the power to redefine the debate over the Middle East.
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Book Description VINTAGE, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099223015