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What is the basic tenet of Orientalism?

Europeans do not represent people from the orient.

Intellectuals engaged in the discourse of Orientalism maintain that Orientals are incapable of representing themselves, and Europeans accordingly must represent them. The result: the creation of European subjects and Oriental objects through discourses of difference involving race, gender, and sexuality.

Orientals are capable of representing themselves, and they do not need the assistance of Europeans to define their experiences.

European representation of Orientals is devoid of stereotypes.

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