Articles by

Mahdi Amel

Mahdi Amel was the pen name of Hassan Hamdan, a Lebanese Marxist intellectual who was assassinated in Beirut in 1987.

Marx in Said’s Orientalism

Edward Said’s Orientalism was greeted with great enthusiasm upon its publication. But there were also powerful critics, many from the Global South, who viewed it as an intellectual retreat. We publish here a text hitherto unavailable in English, in which Mahdi Amel argues that while Said’s work is a critique of Orientalist ideology, it nonetheless trades in the cultural essentialism that it claims to reject.