Examining the Concept of the ‘Other’ According to Edward W. Said

  • Boubaker Mohrem Research Scholar, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
Keywords: The Other, The East, The West, Postcolonial.

Abstract

After the World War II, the world remarks many changes in every aspect including culture, society, literature and so on. Writers around the world wrote about the effect of colonizer/colonized relationship. Edward Said is one of the pillars who deals with such discourse. Said believes that the legacy of the colonizer still exists in terms of civil wars, corruption and labor exploitation. In other word, Said means that the West creates a wrong image about the Orient and considers it as the “Other” in contrast to the ideal West. Said was the one who deconstructs the western’s thinking about the East. So his books : Orientalism (1978), The Question of Palestine (1979) and Covering Islam (1981) are appropriate to examine the idea of the ‘Other’ and to show how Said decipher the western wrong image about the East. Thus, this paper will emphasis on the concept of the Other according to Said.

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Published
2020-04-21
How to Cite
Mohrem, B. (2020). Examining the Concept of the ‘Other’ According to Edward W. Said. IJOHMN (International Journal Online of Humanities), 6(2), 1-14. https://doi.org/10.24113/ijohmn.v6i2.171