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Edward Said

1935 - 2003

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Edward Wadie Said (; Arabic: إدوارد وديع سعيد, romanized: Idwārd Wadīʿ Saʿīd, [wædiːʕ sæʕiːd]; 1 November 1935 – 24 September 2003) was a Palestinian-American professor of literature at Columbia University, a public intellectual, and a founder of the academic field of postcolonial studies. Born in Mandatory Palestine, he was a citizen of the United States by way of his father, a U.S. Army veteran. Educated in the Western canon at British and American schools, Said applied his education and bi-cultural perspective to illuminating the gaps of cultural and political understanding between the Western world and the Eastern world, especially about the Israeli–Palestinian conflict in the Middle East; his principal influences were Antonio Gramsci, Frantz Fanon, Aimé Césaire, Michel Foucault, and Theodor Adorno.As a cultural critic, Said is known for the book Orientalism (1978), a critique of the cultural representations that are the bases of Orientalism—how the Western world perceives the Orient. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Edward Said has received more than 2,416,148 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Edward Said is the 401st most popular writer (down from 398th in 2019), the 60th most popular biography from Israel (up from 61st in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Israeli Writer.

Edward is most famous for his work on the theory of relativity.

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Among writers, Edward Said ranks 401 out of 5,755Before him are J. M. G. Le Clézio, Sergei Yesenin, Cornelius Nepos, Pietro Aretino, Sylvia Plath, and Paula Hitler. After him are Arion, Lysias, Paul Auster, Propertius, Martial, and Alvin Toffler.

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Among people born in 1935, Edward Said ranks 20Before him are Julie Andrews, Arvo Pärt, Kenzaburō Ōe, Erich von Däniken, Michel Aoun, and Theo Angelopoulos. After him are Isao Takahata, Ágota Kristóf, Faisal II of Iraq, Fairuz, Omar Sívori, and Mohamed Hussein Tantawi. Among people deceased in 2003, Edward Said ranks 15Before him are Heydar Aliyev, Barry White, Maurice Gibb, Nina Simone, Edward Teller, and Ilya Prigogine. After him are Soong Mei-ling, Robert Kardashian, Otto Günsche, Gianni Agnelli, Leopoldo Galtieri, and Maurice Blanchot.

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In Israel

Among people born in Israel, Edward Said ranks 60 out of 430Before him are Dinah (-1700), Joel (-1), Nehemiah (-490), Zedekiah (-617), Manasseh of Judah (-800), and Amalric of Jerusalem (1136). After him are Reuven Rivlin (1939), Abijah of Judah (-1000), William of Tyre (1130), Baldwin V of Jerusalem (1177), Ehud Barak (1942), and Haggai (-550).

Among WRITERS In Israel

Among writers born in Israel, Edward Said ranks 3Before him are John the Evangelist (10) and Amos Oz (1939). After him are Mahmoud Darwish (1941), David Grossman (1954), Ghassan Kanafani (1936), A. B. Yehoshua (1936), Justus of Tiberias (35), May Ziade (1886), Ahron Daum (1951), Emile Habibi (1922), and Meir Shalev (1948).