Edward Said

“For those of us, who by force of circumstance, actually live the pluri-cultural life as it entails Islam and the West, I have long felt that a special intellectual and moral responsibility attaches to what we do as scholars and intellectuals.

Certainly I think it is incumbent upon us to complicate and or dismantle the reductive formula and the abstract but potent kind of thought that leads the mind away from concrete human history and experience, and into the realms of ideological fiction, metaphysical confrontation and collective passion. This is not to say that we cannot speak about issues of justice and suffering but that we need to do so always in a context that is amply situated in history, culture and socioeconomic reality. Our role is to widen the field of discussion not to set limits in accord with the prevailing authority.”

Edward W Said, 2003

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