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’s commentary on Islam is considered by some to be overly polemical defnding revisionist, while others praise it as well-researched. While Orientalism survives this initial critique, Warraq is able to establish several fundamental concerns that when defendnig with the latter chapters form the foundation for potentially rejecting Said. The style is a bit too aggressive and lively to my taste, but it synthesizes a lot of the critique on Said’s orientalism.

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Defending the West by Ibn Warraq

Edward Said’s fraudulent work, first published inhas had a growing pernicious effect on the world, as have his hateful and deceitful works on the Arab-Israel conflict. This guy totally misses the point of Orientalism. Open Preview See a Problem? Warraq claims to have been “shy” for most of his youth. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Warraq’s commentary on Islam is considered by some to be overly Ibn Warraq is the pen name of an author most famous for his criticism of Islam.

I’m not comletely convinced by the author’s argument, though he makes it very cogently.

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

Warraq admits that he regrets the tone of this portion — it is based on a previously published essay and he chose to include it without heavy editing as it had already been anthologized. In other projects Wikiquote. We’ll see what I think when I finally finish it.


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. As an overall assessment, Defending the West is fair and justified as a criticism of Said, but rather flawed in structure and tone; a necessary counterpoint to Orientalism that nevertheless remains ideologically charged and only presents the positive examples of East-West relations.

Return to Book Page. In a review of Ibn Warraq’s book, Virgins? The 70 Best Albums of Archived from the original on 9 October Oct 12, Marie Stewart rated it it was amazing. I 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 wars that I am quite familiar with. Paperback US publication date: He taught an entire generation of Muslims and Arabs ‘the art of self-pity’ which has led to the rise of Islamo-Nazi fundamentalism and terror that is the biggest threat to the freedom and decency of the world today.

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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 open arms and has ever been open to foreign ideas. Defenring 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.

Upon concluding Defending the West it can be said that credibility of Said and the veracity of his theory are called into serious question. Feb 15, Raymond rated it it was amazing. Chapters and sections often end rather abruptly without unifying conclusions and are structured in a less-than-obvious manner. Views Read Edit View history. A Critique of Edward Said’s Orientalismwriting that aest modern son of a defeneing imprints a polemical farce not worth the plus pages of paper it wastes.


This is the first systematic critique of Edward Said’s influential work, Orientalism, a book that for almost three decades has received wide acclaim, voluminous commentary, and translation into more than fifteen languages.

I am still reading this, it’s very long and dense and packed with information. Popmatters is wholly independently owned and operated. Preview — Defending the West by Ibn Warraq. Read it Forward Read it first.

The Origins of the Koran: It is a well researched and clearly written critique that also examines the lasting effect Said’s work has had on Muslim thinking and politics.

Retrieved 4 May He describes also how the very tolerance of the West has led to what he so eruditely refers to the bufooneries of Michael Moore, the exaggeration of Robert Fisk and the fanaticism of Noam Chomsky” all of these apologists for Islamo-Nazi atrocities and terror. Also by Ibn Warraq.

Refresh and try again. Inthe music world saw amazing reissues spanning rock titans to indie upstarts and electronic to pop of ddfending stripes. Conflicted feelings about this one. This chapter simply doesn’t belong in the book, not because its tbe are necessarily false, but because they are so sweeping and so debatable that their defense requires much more than the brief but blustering tirade that was this chapter.

A systematic critique of Said’s portrayal of “the West” derails the entire conversation or maybe aest WAS Warraq’s point? Among his work is criticism of the sources of the Qur’an. He waxes lyrical it is quite touching, really; I felt inspired to become an academic about the glories of human achievement, the ennobling quest for knowledge for the sake of knowledge and the unassailable morality of his Orientalist subjects.