Past Event

Book Talk: "Europe Knows Nothing About The Orient" - Prof. Zeynep Çelik in conversation with Prof. Rashid Khalidi

April 22, 2021
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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.

About the Speakers: 
Zeynep Çelik is an adjunct professor of History at Columbia University and a distinguished professor emerita at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her publications include The Remaking of Istanbul (1986), Displaying the Orient (1992), Urban Forms and Colonial Confrontations (1997), Empire, Architecture, and the City (2008), and About AntiquitiesPolitics of Archaeology in the Ottoman Empire (2016). Professor Çelik is the recipient of the 2019 Giorgio Levi Della Vida Medal honoring outstanding achievement in Islamic Studies. 

Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University. He is co-editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and has served as President of the Middle East Studies Association. Rashid is the author of eight books, including Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. has Undermined Peace in the Middle East (2013); Palestinian Identity (2nd ed. 2010); and Sowing Crisis: American Dominance and the Cold War in the Middle East (2009). He has also authored over 100 academic articles and book chapters and has co-edited three books. 

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