AP reports,

Edward Said, a Columbia University professor, literary critic and a leading advocate in the United States of the Palestinian cause, has died, his editor said Thursday. He was 67.

Said died Wednesday night at a New York hospital, said editor Shelley Wanger at Knopf publishers. He had suffered from leukemia at least since the early 1990s.

I’ve never been a fan of his work but he was a major figure in Middle Eastern studies. He represented most of what I’ve long thought wrong with that discipline: His ideology always trumped his scholarship.

(Hat tip: Glenn Reynolds)

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