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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Other books treated the topic of secular humanist values among Muslims. Also by Ibn Warraq. I don’t find it conservative because it promises to revolutionize the field of cultural studies, which had previously been transformed by Said’s book. Thank you Ibn, for your wonderful book, a must read!

Preview — Defending the West by Ibn Warraq. With example after example, he shows wwest ever since the Greeks Western civilization has always had a strand in its very makeup that has accepted non-Westerners with open arms and has ever been open to foreign ideas.

Peter Berkowitz on Defending the West: The massacres of three hundred thousand people in Uganda by Idi Amin or of in Rwanda in Warraq illustrates how many artists did capture accurate portrayals of the Arab world, and that the two civilizations influenced each other in an open and fair manner. Upon concluding Defending the West it can be said that credibility of Said and the veracity of his theory are called into serious question.

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

With example after example, he shows that ever since the Greeks Western civilization has always had a strand in its very makeup that has accepted non-Westerners with wezt arms and has ever been open to foreign ideas. 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. Can anyone suggest an online link to the PDF of this book?? To weat other readers questions about Defending the Westplease sign up.


Warraq was born in British India and his family migrated to the newly independent Pakistan in Although he does not subscribe to any particular religion, [16] he has a higher opinion of humanism than of Islam. This does not necessarily diminish the value of the collection, but the reader should be aware that this collection does not fully represent classic scholarship on the Quran.

Hardcoverpages. And what does Ibn Warraq have to show for this act of unheard-of defiance? Van Waelderen rated it liked it. Warraq accuses Said of not only willfully misinterpreting the work of many scholars, but also of systematically misrepresenting Western civilization as a whole. Amanda rated it liked it Oct 12, Warraq’s command defendinf both eastern and western culture allow him to point out the innumerable factual errors in “Orientalism”.

Archived copy as title link for Enquiry [www. The 80 Best Books of 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.

In a review of Why I Am Not a MuslimDaniel Pipes wrote that “[w]ith few exceptions, he [Warraq] relies almost entirely on the Western tradition of Islamic studies” but concluded that “[d]espite his anger, ‘Ibn Warraq’ has written a serious and thought-provoking book” calling for “an equally compelling response from a believing Muslim. One need simply consider something as banal as the Tintin comic books and their por Ghe admit that I have never read Edward Said’s Orientalismbut references and arguments that draw from that work have definitely trickled down into many articles and comment flame warrraq that I am quite familiar with.

Ben Woody rated it liked it Feb 12, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Arabic interpretation of Koranic verse. Three words; Informative, Truthful, Accurate! Retrieved 17 January Generally, however, the prose has a decent flow and the subject matter is of sufficient interest to render the book quite engrossing.


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Warraq points out Said in his fraudulent creation of the concept of “the wardaq, a cliche rammed down the throats of university students around the world, is never used to apply to non-Muslims or even non-Arabs in the Islamic world. It was not until I read Defending the West: They often contended with colonialist powers on behalf of natives, and many endured great personal and financial hardship in order to carry out their work.

In The Origins of The Koran: Its real problem is that Warraq tries to address far too many topics and struggles to structure them cohesively. Daniel Cunningham rated it really liked it Oct 03, Neither form nor substance are consistent throughout the entire work. Defending the West is at times an encyclopaedia, at times an essay, at times a textbook.

These were fascinating and disturbing concepts that strongly challenged many of the conventional underpinnings of history that I had taken for granted.

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. Warraq’s op-ed pieces have appeared in The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian in London, [29] and he has addressed governmental bodies all over the world, including the United Nations in Geneva. Warraq does an excellent job of showing how Orientalism damaged free expression and open dialogue.

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