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By Kenneth M. Setton, Harry W. Hazard, Norman P. Zacour

ISBN-10: 0299107442

ISBN-13: 9780299107444

The six volumes of A historical past of the Crusades will stand because the definitive heritage of the Crusades, spanning 5 centuries, encompassing Jewish, Moslem, and Christian views, and containing a wealth of data and research of the background, politics, economics, and tradition of the medieval international.

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And this role has an edge to it, and cannot be played without a sense of being someone whose place it is publicly to raise embarrassing questions, to confront orthodoxy and dogma (rather than to produce them), to be someone who cannot easily be co-opted by governments or corporations, and whose raison d’être is to represent all those people and issues that are routinely forgotten or swept under the rug. The intellectual does so on the basis of universal principles: that all human beings are entitled to expect decent standards of behavior concerning freedom and justice from worldly powers or nations, and that deliberate or inadvertent violations of these standards need to be testified and fought against courageously (Representations of the Intellectual, 1994: 11–12).

II It was in 1994 that Said was awarded the Picasso Medal (UNESCO) for his lifetime endeavor and in 1998 the Owais Prize in honor of his body of work, composed during what he called “nearly four decades of turbulent life in exile” (“Living by the Clock,” 1999: 11). In the same year, Said was invited to lecture at Le Collège de France and in 1999 at the Herbert von Karajan Centrum in Vienna. In 2002, Said and Daniel Barenboim were joint winners of Spain’s Prince of Asturias Concord Prize for overcoming historical antagonism, promoting dialogue for peace.

The Said who had written Orientalism, who is more at home in New York than he is in the desolate streets of Ramallah, and whose biting wit, immense sense of fun, and huge social energy which makes him that rarest of beings, a literary genius and un homme du monde—both a deeply serious man and the life of the resistance movement for a free and just Palestine—has become with illness a withdrawn figure, more deeply embedded in his habits, trying to keep his interest in life going by writing, frequent travel, and an involvement in music.

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