Edward Said was University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He was the author of more than twenty books, including Orientalism, Culture and Imperialism and On Late Style and his essays and reviews appeared in newspapers and periodicals throughout the world. Edward Said died in September 2003.
Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York, an internationally renowned cultural critic, and award-winning author, with over 25 books to his name. He also offers commentery as a current affair essayist and his articles have appeared on major international print, digital, and broadcast media. He is regularly featured on CNN, BBC, CBC, Aljazeera, and other global, national, and local venues. His essays have regularly appeared in al-Ahram Weekly in Egypt, Bir Gun in Turkey, and CNN in the United States. He currently writes a regular column for Aljazeera.