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NR 6 2007Theme: Orientalism/Saidism


Said Falsifies the Past

Edward Said's influential work Orientalism is characterised by a falsification of history and academic snobbery. By his groundless criticism of serious art and research into the past Said disregarded racism against Arabs and Muslims in popular culture.

Tendentious Theory Blocks our View

When Said's disciples analyse Oriental pictorial art, they fall back on completely arbitrary interpretations. Far too little emphasis is placed on what the world the paintings depict actually looked like.

The Orient Reclaimed

SWEDISH ORIENTIALISM | Edward Said's absurd argument that orientalists were merely the product of imperialism is most powerfully refuted by the Swedish tradition of scholars and adventurers who had a real passion for Muslim culture but played no political role in the Orient.


Deed and word

CHURCHILL'S NOBEL | He said that history would treat him kindly, because he would write it. And he did-with a prodigiousness that almost defies belief; but also with a literary craftsmanship that made his Nobel prize far more than just a Swedish thank you note.

Editor's Column

From postmodernism to postcolonialism

Much is new in the redesign of Axess, but here we continue to explore the legacy of postmodern thought by unpicking the way a generation of academics has taken Edward Said's version of postcolonial thought as gospel.


The mother of all elections

When the United States has an election, the world watches. Who will be the next candidates? How much does Iraq matter? What will it mean for Europe? Joakim Nilsson mediates a discussion between Robert Shapiro and David Frum.

NR 6 2007

Axess Magasin

Är en tidskrift inom området humaniora/samhällsvetenskap och utges av Axess Publishing AB. Tidskriftens målsättning är att fungera som en knutpunkt mellan den akademiska och den publicistiska sfären.


Chefredaktör: PJ Anders Linder
Redaktörer: David Andersson, Mats Wiklund, Jan Söderqvist.
Redaktionssekreterare: Katarina O’Nils Franke
Redaktionsråd: Peter Elmlund, Thomas Gür, Peter Luthersson, Nathan Shachar, Louise Belfrage
Ansvarig utgivare: Peter Elmlund


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