Said, Palestine, and the Humanism of Liberation

@article{Makdisi2005SaidPA,
  title={Said, Palestine, and the Humanism of Liberation},
  author={Saree Makdisi},
  journal={Critical Inquiry},
  year={2005},
  volume={31},
  pages={443 - 461}
}
  • Saree Makdisi
  • Published 1 January 2005
  • Political Science
  • Critical Inquiry
“The fact of the matter,” wrote Edward Said in 1979, “is that today Palestine does not exist, except as a memory, or, more importantly, as an idea, a political and human experience, and an act of sustained popular will.” What I want to propose in this essay is that this complex vision of Palestine not merely as a place but as an idea, an experience, and a will—inexorably tied to a living people—not only animated Said’s work on behalf of the Palestinians. It also provided the conceptual and… 
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