Past Event

Zeynep Çelik & Rashid Khalidi - "Europe Knows Nothing about the Orient"

April 22, 2021
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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  • Zeynep Çelik, Adjunct Professor, History Department, Columbia University & Distinguished Professor Emerita, New Jersey Institute of Technology 
  • Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies, Columbia University

A century before the publication of Edward Said’s Orientalism, a passionate discourse emerged in the Ottoman Empire, rebutting politicized Western representations of the East. Until the 1930s, Ottoman and early Turkish Republican intellectuals, well acquainted with the European political and cultural scene and charged with their own ideological agendas, deconstructed tired clichés about “the Orient.” In this book, Zeynep Çelik unearths an important episode in modern Middle Eastern intellectual history and curates a selection of primary texts illustrating the debates.

Copies of the book in English may be purchased here. 
Copies of the book in Turkish may be purchased here.

Event organized by Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul & co-sponsored by The Sakıp Sabancı Center for Turkish Studies and The Middle East Institute.