Edward Said Quotes

We cannot accept that democratic freedoms need to be abrogated to protect Islam.

Said was commenting on the furor that developed in 1989 when Iran Ayatollah Khomeini issued a Moslem legal opinion—a fatwa--calling for the death of, and offered a bounty on, Salman Rushdie whose book, Satanic Verses, contained material to which they objected as blasphemy:
Edward Said
Edward Said
  • Born: November 1, 1935
  • Died: September 25, 2003
  • Nationality: Palestinian
  • Profession: Writer

Edward Wadie Said was a professor of literature at Columbia University, a public intellectual, and a founder of the academic field of postcolonial studies. A Palestinian American born in Mandatory Palestine, he was a citizen of the United States by way of his father, a U.S. Army veteran.