Ibn Warraq is the pen name of an anonymous author critical of Islam. He is the founder of the . In a review of Ibn Warraq’s book, Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said’s Orientalism, political scientist Peter Berkowitz described. Ibn Warraq, Amherst, NY, Prometheus Books, , pp. Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said’s Orientalism by Ibn Warraq. Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said’s Orientalism – By Ibn Warraq. David M. Fahey. Miami University. Search for more papers by this.

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Jun 11, Dan Meisler rated it it was amazing. Its real problem is that Warraq tries to address far too many topics and struggles to structure them cohesively. This type of intellectual tyranny is precisely the thing that should not be allowed to persist in an academic world. Retrieved October 3, Retrieved July 17, Sheikh Tajamul rated it really liked it Nov 06, His work, “The Origins of the Koran”, is itself based on a polemic by St.

An apostasy, that is to say, leaving your religion in Islam, is punishable by death. Can anyone suggest an online link westt the PDF of this book??

Maria rated it really liked it Sep 23, A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studiesvol. It refers to the historical Orientalists of the 19th century, but also generally to Westerners who take interest in and study Eastern cultures, regardless of the time period.

The effect of Said’s work has been to slander the valuable work of generations of genuine scholars on the Middle East and Islamic world. Language, Text and CommentaryDefending the West: Warraq illustrates how many artists did capture accurate portrayals of the Arab world, and that the two civilizations influenced each other in an open defensing fair manner. Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk is a near-perfect success both as a grand statement of solidarity and as a gorgeously wrought, long-overdue story of black life and black love.


Old schools of thought become the bones in which the new generations of scholars sharpen their intellectual claws.

Too often, he defendiing his worldview to such an extent that he does not seek to argue or develop even quite contentious points. Warraq defendinb the pseudonym in when he completed his first book, entitled “Why I Am Not a Muslim”. Parts made me cringe, but I appreciated Warraq creating a space for many voices that usually aren’t allowed in the discussion.

Archived from the original on 9 October Looking for More Great Reads? Warraq’s command of both eastern and western culture allow him to point out the innumerable factual errors in “Orientalism”.

Popmatters is wholly independently owned and operated. I would highly recommend reading Said and Warraq together.

I believe that Ibn Warraq’s teh makes an almost unassailable case that Said’s central thesis is nowhere near as universally applicable to Western depictions of the East as warras is made out to be.

With this important new book Ibn Warraq has once and for all dispatched Orientalism to the dustbin of history. He also covers the horrific abuse of women and children in Islamic societies again condoned and ignored by leftwing intellectuals.

Jul 15, Gary rated it it was amazing. While this at first caused me some deffending, I now take comfort in the lessons it provides. A contributor to the Wall Street Journal and The Guardian, and has addressed distinguished governing bodies all over the world, including the United Tbe in Geneva on the subject of apostasy. Daniel Cunningham rated it really liked it Oct 03, Emperorponders rated it liked it Jun 22, It was fascinating to read a passionate and shri Dense and dry, but extremely well-researched and documented,this book is valuable as an anthology or bibliography of works to reference as well as a decent defense of the West and critique of Said’s Orientalism.

See 2 questions about Defending the West…. The name refers to 9th century skeptical scholar Muhammad al Warraq.

His commitment to logic and reason allow him to shred Said’s erroneous and inconsistent arguments. The genocide of 1.

Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said’s Orientalism

Consequently, the discussion represented by Defending the West reminds the reader, if of nothing else, that the world is a vibrant and multifaceted place where ideologies and philosophies are just as varied and distinct as the world they inhabit. These were fascinating and disturbing concepts that strongly challenged many of the conventional underpinnings of history that I had taken for granted. It is often a strange mixture of ironic jabs or impassioned language and defensing dry, encyclopedic run-downs that I found myself almost skimming.


I had begun to write my book ‘why I am not Muslim’ when it appearedwas I professor for British and American culture at the University of Toulouse. He reminds us of so many precious things in the West — and of it — that are worth upholding in the face of critics who enjoy Western liberties and denigrate them at the same time.

Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said’s Orientalism

Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies. His face was blacked out on the Institute for the Secularisation of Islamic Society’s website. I look forward to other reviews of both books. He notes the popularity of Orientalist paintings among Arab collectors, and tracks the history of Western openness to the “Other” from antiquity to modern times.

Ibn Warraq

There is no real acknowledgement of the racism and chauvinism that did in fact exist and no attempt to add nuance to the exclusively positive spin given on Orientalism. While Orientalism survives this initial critique, Warraq is able to establish several fundamental concerns that when placed with the latter chapters form the foundation for potentially rejecting Said.

View all 6 comments. The Best World Music of Although he does not subscribe to any particular religion, [16] he has a higher opinion of humanism than of Islam.

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