Palestinian Scholar Edward W. Said Dies
By Associated Press
September 25, 2003, 10:49 AM EDT
NEW YORK -- Edward W. Said, a Columbia University professor, literary
critic and leading spokesman in the United States for the Palestinian
cause, has died, his editor at Knopf publishers said Thursday. He was 67.
Said died at a New York hospital, said editor Shelly Wanger. He had
suffered from leukemia at least since the early 1990s.
Born in 1935 in Jerusalem -- then part of British-ruled Palestine -- Said
spent almost all his adult life in the United States. He wrote
passionately about the Palestinian cause but also on a variety of other
subjects -- from English literature, his academic specialty, to music and
His books ranged from "The Question of Palestine" in 1979 and "After the
Last Sky" in 1986 -- both about the Arab-Israeli conflict -- to "Musical
Elaborations" in 1991, and "Cultural Imperialism" in 1993.
Said was consistently critical of Israel for what he regarded as
mistreatment of the Palestinians....
He wrote two years ago after visits to Jerusalem and the West Bank that
Israel's "efforts toward exclusivity and xenophobia toward the Arabs" had
actually strengthened Palestinian determination.
"Palestine and Palestinians remain, despite Israel's concerted efforts
from the beginning either to get rid of them or to circumscribe them so
much as to make them ineffective," Said wrote in the English-language
Al-Ahram Weekly, published in Cairo.
Copyright 2003, The Associated Press
>===== Original Message From julian samuel =====
>> Subject: Edward Said
>> Dear Colleagues,
>> It is with great personal sorrow that we inform you of the death of
>> Edward W. Said, today, the 24th of September, 2003, at approximately
>> 4 p.m. EST. Edward had been very ill for the past couple of weeks
>> and last night he was re-admitted to the hospital (he had been
>> released last week and was thought to be recovering). However, it
>> was not to be and this afternoon, he was taken off the respirator and
>> died shortly thereafter. For us -- and we know for the entire
>> academic community as well as everyone who had believed in
>> Palestinian sovereignty, not to mention the self-determination of
>> oppressed and exploited people worldwide -- this is a loss that will
>> never be overcome.