ROAM AGENCY

ON EDWARD SAID
Remembrance of Things Past

Hamid Dabashi

Haymarket Books (October, 2020)

Trade paper • ISBN-13: 9781642592733 • US $24.95 • 5.5 in x 8.5 in • 300 pgs.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Edward Said (1953–2003) was a towering figure in post-colonial studies and the struggle for justice in his native Palestine, best known for his critique of orientalism in western portrayals of the Middle East. As a public intellectual, activist, and scholar, Said forever changed how we read the world around us and left an indelible mark on subsequent generations.

Hamid Dabashi, himself a leading thinker and critical public voice, offers a unique collection of reminiscences, travelogues and essays that document his own close and long-standing scholarly, personal and political relationship with Said. In the process, they place the enduring significance of Edward Said’s legacy in an unfolding context and locate his work within the moral imagination and environment of the time.

PRAISE:

“Hamid Dabashi’s respect and affection for Edward W. Said and his intellectual legacy are manifest throughout this book. As a former colleague and friend of Said’s, Dabashi’s engagement is not only personal, but also emphatically political and intellectual.”

Joseph Massad, Professor of Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History at Columbia University

“Hamid Dabashi has written a deeply moving text that pays tribute and engages with one of the most important thinkers of time, Edward Said. The book is comprised of essays , documents and shorter political pieces which skillfully highlight the impact of Said’s work on the pressing political issues of time. The original presentation which shows Said’s influence over many years not only on Dabashi himself but on some many others who struggled and continue to struggle with what it means to challenge Eurocentrism and the brutal legacy of colonialism. This is a book that is a must read not only for those interested in Said but for anyone who reads him for the sake of a life committed to justice.”

Drucilla Cornell

“Reading Dabashi is like going for an extended coffee with a very smart friend.”

Vijay Prashad, author of The Poorer Nations

“Said’s influence … was far from being confined to the worlds of academic and scholarly discourse. An intellectual superstar.”

Malisse Ruthven, the Guardian

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York, an internationally renowned cultural critic, and award-winning author, with over 25 books to his name. He also offers commentary as a current affair essayist and his articles have appeared on major international print, digital, and broadcast media. He is regularly featured on CNN, BBC, CBC, Al Jazeera, and other global, national, and local venues. His essays have regularly appeared in al-Ahram Weekly in Egypt, Bir Gun in Turkey, and CNN in the United States. He currently writes a regular column for Al Jazeera.

RIGHTS INFORMATION:

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