Waiting for the Barbarians: A Tribute to Edward W. Said

A fascinating collection of writings on the influential literary critic and political campaigner.
Bringing together some of the figures most closely associated with Edward Said and his scholarship, Waiting for the Barbarians looks at Said the public intellectual and literary critic, and his political and intellectual legacy: the future through the lens of his work.
With contributions by Meltem Ahiska, Tuncay Birkan, Timothy Brennan, Harry Harootunian, Rashid Khalidi, Elias Khoury, Saree Makdisi, Mahmood Mamdani, Joseph Massad, Karma Nabulsi, Jacqueline Rose, Raja Shehadeh, Fawwaz Traboulsi, and Gauri Viswanathan


  • “Edward Said’s anger against injustice must become ours, and his pen that challenged the sword must become our weapon in the battle for human values.”
  • “A frequently interesting collection of essays.”


  • Explaining the Israel-Palestine Conflict

    The latest Israeli military attacks in Gaza, dubbed 'Operation Protective Edge', is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years. Before the July 2014 offensive, the last large-scale escalation was in November 2012, when the Israeli military bombarded the Gaza Strip with air strikes for eight days. Those strikes killed 171 Palestinians, including more than 100 civilians. In 2008-2009, Israeli soldiers launched a 22-day military operation in Gaza, dubbed Operation Cast Lead. About 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed. [source: Aljazeera]

    Tens of thousands of Palestinians have left their houses to seek shelter from an Israeli ground invasion, July 2o014. Photo: Emad Nassar/Al Jazeera

    As the latest attacks intensify, and the number of civilian deaths continue to rise, it seems more pertinent than ever to understand the political motivations behind these assaults and, more importantly, how Israel have been able to carry out such atrocities without intervention. Here, we present a list of books from Israeli and Palestinian authors, to explain the conflict and consider what the future might hold. All books on this list are available for direct purchase, at discounts of 30% for hardcovers, 40% for paperbacks, and 50% for ebooks. Additionally, for a limited time, you can download the ebook of the trenchant anthology The Case for Sanctions Against Israel for free. 

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  • Paying tribute to Edward W. Said

    September 25th 2013, marks ten years since the passing of prolific Palestinian scholar, public intellectual, professor and activist Edward W. Said.  Perhaps best known for his groundbreaking 1978 book Orientalism, Said's scholarship and thought was also deeply focused on creating and articulating new modes of approaching and interpreting the question of Palestine.  

    In the wake of Said's death, longtime friend Tariq Ali wrote:

    With his death, the Palestinian nation has lost its most articulate voice in the Northern hemisphere, a world where, by and large, the continuous suffering of the Palestinians is ignored. 

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