Chapter 1: The Scope of Orientalism, Part I: Knowing the Oriental
• NOTE: Citations in this Lesson Plan refer to the following version of the book: Said, Edward. Orientalism. Random House, Inc. First Vintage Books Edition, October 1979.
• Edward W. Said opens his book with a lengthy Introduction which introduces and defines the term “Orientalism," as well as establishes the author’s thesis regarding the Western viewpoints of the East.
• Orientalism, as defined by Said, refers to the cultural study of Middle Eastern, North African, and Far Eastern cultures as perceived through patronizing and errant Western depictions.
• In the first section of the Chapter 1, Part I: Knowing the Oriental, author Edward Said introduces Arthur James Balfour, one of the key figures in British politics involving Egypt.
• Balfour argued that Egyptians and all other countries in the Orient depended upon Western rule and control.
• This supremacy of the West versus the East...
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