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Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Kwik Kwiz

Posted by on March 8 at 14:36 PM

Who wrote: “Every single empire, in its official discourse, has said… that it has a mission to enlighten, civilize, bring order and democracy, and that it uses force only as a last resort.”?

And: “There’s been so massive and calculatedly aggressive an attack on the contemporary societies of the Arab and Muslim for their backwardness, lack of democracy, and abrogation of women’s rights that we simply forget that such notions as modernity, enlightenment, and democracy are by no means simple and agreed-upon concepts that one either does or does not find, like Easter eggs in the living-room.”?

And, were he still alive, could say: “My daughter’s starring in the next show at the Seattle Rep!”?

That’s right! The late, great, On Orientalism-writin’ (and occasionally rock-tossin’) Edward Said!

His daughter Najla Said will star in 9 Parts of Desire (about the lives of Iraqi women) at the Seattle Rep, opening March 22.