Edward Said

Edward Said, internationally renowned Columbia University professor, practically invented the field of post-colonial studies. His great work, Orientalism has been translated into many languages and is widely used in colleges and universities. The New York Times called him, "one of the most influential literary and cultural critics in the world." As one of the few advocates for Palestinian rights in the U.S., he was the target of vilification, death threats and vandalism. The Economist said he "repudiated terrorism in all its forms and was a passionate, eloquent and persistent advocate for justice for the dispossessed Palestinians." He was a trenchant critic not just of Israeli policies, but also of Arafat, the corrupt coterie around him and the despotic Arab regimes. He felt strongly that intellectuals had a special responsibility to speak out against injustice, challenge power, confront hegemonic thinking and provide alternatives. His friend Noam Chomsky said of him, “Said was one of the most remarkable and influential intellectuals of the last half century. Much of his immense effort and talent was dedicated to overcoming the insularity, prejudice, self-righteousness, apologetics that are among the pathologies of power and defending the rights of the victims.” His memoir Out of Place won the New Yorker Book of the Year Award. He published two books of interviews with David Barsamian, The Pen & the Sword and Culture & ResistanceEdward Said died in New York on September 25, 2003.

Programs Featuring Edward Said

Date Recorded     Handle Program Title Audio Sample?    
1999: 02/08 #SAIE022 A One State Solution  
2002: 08/15 #SAIE028 A Palestinian Perspective on the Conflict with Israel  
1997: 10/04 #SAIE020 A Tribute to Eqbal Ahmad  
2003: 02/25 #SAIE029 At the Rendezvous of Victory  
- #SAIE012-SAIE023-SAIE024 Best of Edward Said 3-Pack  
1997: 10/03 #SAIE018 Clash of Civilizations  
2003: 06/15 #SAIE033 Rachel Corrie, Solidarity & Palestine  
1993: 02/10 #SAIE012 Culture & Imperialism   )
1990: 09/27 #SAIE005 Empire and Literature  
1991: 05/04 #SAIE006 Gulf War Aftermath: The Tasks Ahead  
1993: 11/03 #SAIE014 Historical Experiences with Multiculturalism  
2000: 11/09 #SAIE025 Intifada 2000: The Palestinian Uprising  
1997: 11/02 #SAIE019 Israel & Palestine: The Challenge Ahead  
1992: 04/29 #SAIE009 Nationalism, Human Rights and Interpretation  
1991: 10/08 #SAIE008 Orientalism Revisited  
2001: 09/24 #SAIE027 Origins of Terrorism  
2000: 04/18 #SAIE024 Out of Place  
2003: 02/19 #SAIE031 Palestine & the Universality of Human Rights  
1994: 02/17 #SAIE015 Palestine: Betrayal of History  
1991: 09/25 #SAIE007 Peace in the Middle East  
2001: 05/02 #SAIE-HITC002 Reflections on Exile  
1999: 09/18 #SAIE-KUMR001 Remembering Eqbal Ahmad  
1992: 12/04 #SAIE010 The Arabs and the West  
1987: 03/18 #SAIE001 The Culture and Politics of Palestinian Exile  
1990: 09/26 #SAIE004 The Gulf Crisis, the Question of Palestine and United States Policy  
1993: 09/27 #SAIE013 The Israel/PLO Accord: A Critical Assessment  
1998: 03/26 #SAIE021 The Palestinian Future  
2002: 02/19 #SAIE030 The Palestinian Narrative  
1989: 10/26 #SAIE002 The Palestinian Perspective  
1988: 02/06 #SAIE-HITC001 The Palestinians: Blaming the Victims  
1993: 01/18 #SAIE011 The Pen & the Sword  
1994: 04/15 #SAIE016 The Politics of Discord  
1995: 04/20 #SAIE017 The Shrinking Horizon of Hope  
2003: 05/08 #SAIE032 U.S. War on Iraq  
1999: 04/09 #CHON-SAIE001 U.S.-Middle East Policy  
1999: 09/17 #SAIE023 Unresolved Geographies, Embattled Landscapes  
1989: 10/27 #SAIE003 Western Power and the Literary Canon  
2001: 05/02 #SAIE026 What They Want Is My Silence