The Middle East Institute in Washington, DC, has put out a short PDF of critical responses to the late Edward Said’s Orientalism thesis. This is the quick view of the PDF from a close collaborator who studies Said’s work closely and knows the Institute:

They range from reactionary to softly critical. There is a lot of discussion of their personal interactions with the book at the time it was released and since then. I wouldn’t say this is an ‘Orientalists strike back’ piece, but it is clearly a group that sees itself in the middle or slightly affronted, and having little use for its implications. MEI is generally pro-Arab and pro-Palestinian but in a Saudi-funded, former U.S. diplomat-backed sort of way.

Orientalism’s Wake: The Ongoing Politics of a Polemic

Further Reading

Long live Ruth First

The great South African writer and activist, Ruth First, was assassinated by a letter bomb sent by the South African Security Police in Maputo, Mozambique on this day, 17 August, in 1982.