Notes from a small island
A weblog by Jonathan Ali

Saturday, August 02, 2003  

"Arabs and Muslims have been told that victimology and dwelling on the depredations of empire are only ways of evading responsibility in the present. You have failed, you have gone wrong, says the modern orientalist. This of course is also VS Naipaul's contribution to literature, that the victims of empire wail on while their country goes to the dogs. But what a shallow calculation of the imperial intrusion that is, how little it wishes to face the long succession of years through which empire continues to work its way in the lives say of Palestinians or Congolese or Algerians or Iraqis."

- Edward Said, in an article in today's UK Guardian Saturday Review, extracted from the new introduction to Said's classic book, Orientalism.

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