The Corner

Edward Said, Fabricator and Plagiarist

Edward Said remains the subject of hero-worship throughout much of the academy. He is often quoted approvingly by students and professors whether they have read him or not.  Most everyone that cites Said’s  Orientalism is unaware of his methodology or his cherry-picked sample (he ignored Russian and German work, even though Russian and German scholars account for perhaps 90-percent of Orientalist scholarship in the time periods he examined).   Fabricating facts and plagiarism are only one part of Said’s legacy, however.  Efraim Karsh and Rory Miller provide a useful review of Said’s record and legacy, here.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.


The Latest