Edward W. Said once urged the legendary Eqbal Ahmad not to "leave your words scattered to the winds, or even recorded on tape, but collected and published in several volumes for everyone to read. Then those who don't have the privilege of knowing you will know what a truly remarkable, gifted man you are." In these intimate and wide-ranging conversations, Ahmad discusses nationalism, ethnic conflict, the politics of memory, and liberation struggles around the world.
About the Author
Eqbal Ahmad (1933-1999) was a Pakistani political scientist, writer, journalist, and anti-war activist. A prolific writer and journalist, Eqbal was widely consulted by revolutionaries, journalists, activist leaders and policymakers around the world. He was an editor of the journal Race and Class, contributing editor of Middle East Report and L'Economiste du Tiers Monde, co-founder of Pakistan Forum, and an editorial board member of Arab Studies Quarterly. Upon his retirement from Hampshire college in 1997, he settled permanently in Pakistan, where he continued to write a weekly column for Dawn, Pakistan's oldest English language newspaper. One of America's most tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalists, David Barsamian has altered the independent media landscape, both with his weekly radio show Alternative Radio--now in its 30th year--and his books with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. Edward W. Said was University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Literature and of Kings College Cambridge, his celebrated works include Orientalism, The End of the Peace Process, Power, Politics and Culture, and the memoir Out of Place. He is also the editor, with Christopher Hitchens, of Blaming the Victims, published by Verso. He died in September 2003.