In 1979, Edward Said highlighted the power of literary productions in unsettling orientalist narratives and the ways in which artistic texts have been systematically omitted by social scientists purporting to illuminate the “Orient” to unwitting American audiences:

One of the striking aspects of the new American social-science attention to the Orient is its singular avoidance of literature. You can read through reams of expert writing on the modern Near East and never encounter a single reference to literature. What seem to matter far more to the regional expert are “facts,” of which a literary text is perhaps a disturber. (291)

More recently, in her study...

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