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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Warraq examines the real agenda of Islamism ignored in the mainstream media and universities. Warraq takes apart the accepted blaming of only the West for all evils in the world today pointing out that “Europe has been guilty of terrible crimes but what civilization has not been?

The style is a bit too aggressive and lively to my taste, but it synthesizes a lot of the critique on Said’s orientalism. But once the curtain was pulled back and the inner-workings, so carefully hidden before, were at last revealed, I discovered not the functioning unity I had naively anticipated, but instead a fragmented and intellectually divided world marred by opposing camps and rife with internal conflict.

His commitment to logic and reason allow him to shred Said’s erroneous and inconsistent arguments. The 21 Best Album Re-Issues of To be fair, Warraq sometimes shows admiration for religion, but mostly in terms of certain philosophical or artistic achievements that he approves of.

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Deefnding jumped from topic to topic, making bold assertions as mere afterthoughts and generally departing from the largely respectful and scholarly tone of the rest of the work. The authors’ whose works we share with you in PopMatters’ 80 Best Books of — from a couple of notable reissues to a number of excellent debuts — poignantly capture how the political is deeply personal, and the personal is undeniably, and beautifully, universal.


The effe Edward Said’s fraudulent work, first wwst inhas had a growing pernicious effect on the world, as have his hateful and deceitful works on the Arab-Israel conflict.

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

Retrieved from ” https: This was due to fears for his personal safety and also due to his desire to travel to see his family in Pakistan without being denied access to Muslim countries. Ibn Warraq refutes the perfidious lies of Said meticulously and with brutal candour in this wartaq to Said’s pro-Islamo-Fascist and nihilist Far Left propaganda. His work, “The Origins of the Koran”, is itself based on a polemic by St. The genocide of 1.

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

Instead, it is a Darwinian struggle where the wraraq are destroyed and the young ever supplant the old. I had begun to write my book ‘why I am not Muslim’ when it appearedwas I professor for British and Drfending culture at the University of Toulouse. Sep 08, Jenny rated it really liked it Shelves: Snooks McDermott rated it really liked it Apr 24, The one aspect in which Warraq is completely successful and on which the book itself is worthwhile is his analysis that Orientalism was used to unfairly attack scholars and stifle discourse.

Jul th, Gary rated it it was amazing. 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.

Some chapter’s have made me laugh out loud, other’s were to the point and very accurate. During the Rushdie affairIbn Warraq noticed there were frequent critical attacks on Christianity and Judaism, but never on Islam, which – according to Warraq – tries to control every single aspect of an individual’s life, giving “no scope for independent thinking.


This paranoid conspiracy mentality is encapsulated by Said’s work “The Question of Palestine” where he bizarrely charges that Zionism was created by the West purely to keep Islam at bay! Among his work is criticism of the sources of the Qur’an. The 21 Best Album Re-Issues of Inthe music world saw amazing reissues spanning rock titans to indie upstarts and electronic to pop of all stripes.

Apr 04, Gillian is currently reading it. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Together facing the new totalitarianism with eleven other individuals most notably Salman Rushdie was published in response to violent and deadly protests in the Islamic world surrounding the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy. Want to Read saving…. We are experiencing technical difficulties. I had fear to become the second Salman Rushdie I did not want not to die and I had my family to protect. Warraq then documents the killing of 70 million Chinese by Mao, and one fifth of Cambodia’s population by Pol Pot.

Said’s polemic has very much become the accepted dogma of university departments across the world that study any of the subjects covered by ‘Orientalism’. In the spirit of Western self-criticism, Warraq also rightly points out the egregious racism that is not only tolerated, but completely normalized in many non-Western countries. The Best Jazz of No Faith Value Blog. Warraq’s commentary on Sefending is considered by mainstream scholars wrraq be overly polemical and revisionist [7] [8] while a specific brand praise it as well-researched.

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