Category Archives Edward Said and Orientalism

Lockwood de Forest, Ahmadabad, and American Orientalism   by Ibn Warraq From New English Review, August 2009. Part 1 One of my great pleasures is exploring cities, the larger the city, the greater the surprises and serendipitous discoveries. However much you may think you know London, or Paris, or New York, there are, I wager, parts that […]

Lockwood de Forest’s Indian Inspired Design by Ibn Warraq   From the New English Review, September 2009.   Lockwood de Forest in India and Nepal, continued from Part I. De Forest was able to establish a workshop with the help of Muggenbhai Hutheesing in Ahmadabad by Spring, 1881, and continue his tour northwards to Jaipur, […]

Lockwood de Forest’s Successors by Ibn Warraq    From the New English Review,  October 2009  (Part III of the Lockwood de Forest series.) Read Part 1 here and Part 11 here. ) It is very likely that Lockwood de Forest visited the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1878, which played such an important role in furthering the aims […]

Mozart & Orientalism by Ibn Warraq From New English Review, November 2009. Western art has, in the words of Roger Scruton, “continuously ventured into spiritual territory that has no place on the Christian map,” and has done so with generosity, tolerance, affection, and a noble vision of universal humanity. Literature and music, as much as painting and […]

Rudyard Kipling, India and Edward Said by Ibn Warraq From New English Review, March 2010. There is a marvellous passage in Kim where Kipling good-humouredly pats himself on the back and is asking for our applause for the way that he has totally immersed himself in India, and has mastered all the nuances of caste, […]

Over-Rated: On Edward Said By Ibn Warraq   [First Published in Standpoint (U.K.),  August 2008.]   Edward Said, who died in September 2003, was Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University , and the author of more than twenty books on cultural, literary, and political subjects. Said also defended the Palestinian cause with passion, […]

Linda Nochlin and The Imaginary Orient by Ibn Warraq In the guest book at the Dahesh Museum which used to be on Madison Avenue, in Upper Manhattan,  [1] there is an entry by a tourist, possibly German, who enthuses about the Orientalist paintings in the collection, saying how much she admired and enjoyed them. Then, almost as […]

 In Defense of Ayaan Hirsi Ali & Afshin Ellian by Ibn Warraq From New English Review, February 2011. Paul Berman’s book, The Flight of the Intellectuals, which was neglected or dismissed by many in the liberal press without its reviewers seriously engaging with its arguments, deals essentially with two matters. First, there is the unpleasant […]