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Since its publication in 1978, Edward Said's foundational study "Orientalism" has provoked controversy and debate in literary and social science circles over Western cultural production's representations of the East and its political ramifications."200 Years of Peaceful Middle East," an exhibition featuring a selection of antique lithographic prints common to this era, opens Friday at Beirut Souks.Serge Amiouni, who is curating the exhibition, has long been interested in antique prints, and owns a large private collection of them. Amiouni decided to focus on antique depictions of Lebanon, Turkey, Palestine and Syria and has arranged the exhibition by country. Known for his travels to Egypt and the Holy Land (Palestine), Roberts spent 11 months in the region in 1838-39 .He collaborated with Belgian engraver Louis Haghe to create more than 240 lithographic depictions of the Middle East (including Lebanon).
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