Edward Said and the political present
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2008
Volume 32, Issue 4, pages 538–555, November 2005
How to Cite
Abu El-Haj, N. (2005), Edward Said and the political present. American Ethnologist, 32: 538–555. doi: 10.1525/ae.2005.32.4.538
- Issue published online: 7 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2008
This article offers a reading of Edward Said's legacy. It engages Said's scholarly and political insights, on the one hand, and his vision of and life as an intellectual, on the other hand. The article focuses on his broader conceptual and methodological interventions, his analysis of the politics of empire (in the Middle East), and his passionate attachment to the question of Palestine. It also contextualizes Said's work in light of the contemporary political moment, arguing that he and that for which he is seen to stand have emerged as key flash points in the latest U.S. culture wars.