Tanuj Solanki
Tanuj Solanki asked:

Has anyone read any critique of this? To me - Said's talk of Orientalism is based on some definition of an Occident. He does to the Occident what he claims the Occident did to the Orient. This might be a way of revenge, but there is one major academic flaw. Anyone here who has done some readings about that?

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Richard Thompson I think that you are misreading the book. He is very careful to avoid doing what you are saying that he is doing, although he acknowledges that almost any attempt to look at any culture from the outside is likely to have some of the same problems as Orientalism. As Madeleine points out in her comment, his 1994 afterword is the part of the book that deals with this issue most directly.
Madeleine he takes on a lot of these critiques in his 1994 afterward and cites those who were accusing him of a reverse "occidentalizing" tendency- and responds directly that he was seeking to not discuss power relations in the same homogenizing binary but rather to create a narrative conglomerating texts to create a "multicultural critique of power using knowledge to advance itself"
Bos this book is written in a very careful manner, no question about it ok. said is a great scholar he read many books about the concept of orientalism and after this long term reading he is able to write this book. in this book true picture of orient and Occident is presented.
Grace Daniel Variscos book "Reading Orientalism".
Sofia David Kopf has an article called Hermeneutics and History, in which he critiques Said.
Mason There are quite a couple of critique's of Said's "Orientalism". These critiques - some of it comes from the very people Said praises - focus upon Said's complete ignorance on the work of the Orientalists, the intellectual dishonesty found within the book, etc. Bernard Lewis has a good critique of Said, as well as Ibn Warraq and Robert Irwin (I do not think that Said has ever bothered to challenge these critiques - something he has an awful tendency to do - and that their critiques have not been rebutted by any of Said's followers).
Angel Grubbs I'm reading an article by Robert Topinka called "Islam, England, and Identity in the Early Modern Period" in which Topinka who says that numerous scholars claim Said's book as "a touchstone for their work" concerning the role of the Islamic Other and European self-conceptions.

Topinka cites numerous other articles and works in his piece, so that should provide a good lead for you if you are still interested.
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