For Mena Hanna, musicologist and composer, “it is focused on a period that is quite limited in its scope; it comes from the 19th century, which was the time of the great European imperialistic project. And it still has that power structure built into it.” Mariam Said, Edward Said’s widow, says “we all carry a lot of garbage from the past. Edward Said once said that at some point one has to unlearn everything that you knew or believed or grew up with to be able to start again, to begin again. He always liked the idea of beginning. You begin again. You don’t end.”