Position paper on Edward Said's Orientalism.docx - Position paper on Edward Said\u2019s \u201cOrientalism\u201d This position paper is a debate and in support of

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Position paper on Edward Said’s “Orientalism” This position paper is a debate and in support of Edward Said’s approach on the European’s distortion of “the Orient”. “Orientalism” is indeed a book that’s hard to summarize and digest. But that is one of the points that Said tries to make - that Orientalism should not be simply defined and contextualized. Said makes the “Orient” come out as an invention created by European scholars and leaders, “a place of romance, exotic beings haunting memories and landscapes, remarkable experiences” (Orientalism, Introduction, pg. 9). This description continues throughout his entire introduction of the book, covering the Anglo-French-American experiences of Arabs and Islam, as well as India-Japan-China considered as “the Far East”. Said defines the “Orient” as never being “pure” and unconditional due to the doctrines of European superiority in the colonialism and imperialism era (Orientalism, Introduction, pg.31). The origins of “Orient'' come from medieval time, defining the “East”. But whose East was it referring to? Said considers the representations created by Western scholars being influenced greatly by political powers, with which I agree upon. The Western colonialism and imperialism have raised many questions throughout the course of historical writings. Edmund Burke III and
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