The Politics of Dispossession: The Struggle for Palestinian Self-Determination, 1969-1994
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The Politics of Dispossession: The Struggle for Palestinian Self-Determination, 1969-1994

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Ever since the appearance of his groundbreaking The Question of Palestine, Edward Said has been America's most outspoken advocate for Palestinian self-determination. As these collected essays amply prove, he is also our most intelligent and bracingly heretical writer on affairs involving not only Palestinians but also the Arab and Muslim worlds and their tortuous relations...more
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Published May 30th 1995 by Vintage (first published June 21st 1994)
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Vistasp Hodiwala
Israel: An intolerably immoral existence.

If there is any cause in this whole wide world where the obvious, glaring injustice of it all has been summarily ignored and dismissed by most of the world's leading intellectuals, it is the cause of the Palestinian freedom movement.

Said's (pronounced Sayid)--a Palestinian Arab of Christian descent--was that rare voice which informed the world of the Zionist duplicity, in a way that laid bare the untold sufferings of over 4 million of its inhabitants in...more
Steven Salaita
I would say that among the seemingly hundreds of essay collections Said published in the nineties, this one is the best.
Yonis Gure
These searing essays are pure gold. In this collection, Edward Said looks at the palestinian struggle for statehood and self-determination, and how it's been negated by U.S/Israeli policy. I very much appreciated how Edward Said unloaded upon Thomas Friedman's Book 'From Beirut to Jerusalem' in one of the later essays. To think, I was going to buy that book. If I could quarrel with one thing, it would be Edwards tendency to self-pity, which leads him to express a high sense of injury and victimh...more
Reenie
It's dense, but it's well worth perservering. The rule of thumb I've come to apply to Edward Said's writing is that the later it was written, the easier it is to read. The essays written before about 1975 can be quite a struggle to pull apart, just because of the sentence construction, but by the mid-80s it's all quite readable, and much the better for being more direct.

Reading Said's amazing work is an essential part of understanding the central problems and challenges of the Middle East, and u...more
Jeanette
I want to be an informed supporter of global political empowerment for oppressed people. As a Jewish American, I have been taught to support Israel and hope that I too will celebrate there someday. But I can't. I can't because displacing another oppressed people in the name of religion doesn't fly.

This book is an excellent historical and theoretical look review of the Palestinian struggle, and Israel's blood-stained hands.
Paul Burrows
An important perspective on settler-colonialism, apartheid, dispossession, and exile by the late Edward Said.
Rachel
Aug 20, 2007 Rachel rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: postcolonial lit. readers; resistance lit. readers
People accused Said of being not political enough! He gave of himself tirelessly.
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the palestinian perspective by said.
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still need to read this!
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(Arabic profile: إدوارد سعيد)

Edward W. Said was born in Jerusalem and raised in Egypt until his parents sent him to the United States in 1951.

Said graduated from Princeton University in 1957 and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1964.

He was a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York and held his chair until his death at 67. His major interests w...more
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