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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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.

View all 6 comments. It is a well researched and clearly written critique that also examines the lasting effect Said’s work has tthe on Muslim thinking and politics. Well, I guess I should re-read Said’s work as well. His commitment to logic and reason allow him to shred Said’s erroneous and inconsistent arguments.

Armed with a newly-minted BA in History, I felt prepared to embark on my wadraq intellectual journey; I was ready to move beyond simply learning about the past, and was anxious to become further acquainted with the methodological nuance of my discipline and the theoretical framework on which its noble institution was founded.

He believes that the great Islamic civilisations of the past were established in spite of the Koran, not because of it, and that only a secularised Islam can deliver Muslim states from fundamentalist madness.


Defending the West

Addressing form, the quality of the writing in Defending the West is not bad, although not exceptional either. 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.

Sep 05, Darnell rated it really liked it Shelves: Language, Text and CommentaryDefending the West: 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. He also covers the horrific abuse of women and children in Islamic societies again condoned and ignored by leftwing intellectuals.

Today we have something special for you Ibn Warraq continued writing with several works examining the historiography of the Qur’an and Muhammad. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies. He mentions entire schools of Orientalists – for example the German school – that could impossibly be said to have colonialist ambitions or malicious motives.

While this at first caused me some distress, I now take comfort in the lessons it provides.

Although wdst this description it appears that all Said got right was the spelling of his own name. Almost none of the historical facts about the study of the Middle East conform to this narrative. Peter Berkowitz on Defending the West: Joe rated it it was ok Sep 19, They often contended defendinb colonialist powers on behalf of natives, and many endured great personal and financial hardship in order to carry out their work.

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

First, Warraq illustrates how Said misrepresented some of the sources he draws upon for support. Van Waelderen rated it liked it. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. The pen name Ibn Warraq Arabic: Popmatters is wholly independently owned and operated.

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The author also criticizes Said for inadequate methodology, incoherent arguments, and a faulty historical understanding.

Ibn Warraq – Wikipedia

The author also criticizes Said for inadequate methodology, incoherent arguments, and a faulty historical understanding. 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.

InDouglas Murray described Ibn Warraq as:. Dfeending also worked as a courier for a travel agent. Emperorponders rated it liked it Jun 22, Warraq was born in British India and his family migrated to the newly independent Pakistan in Can anyone suggest an online link to the PDF of this book?? One need simply consider something as banal as the Tintin comic books and their warrqq of black Africans.

Stay in Touch Sign up. Clair Tisdall ‘s as “not a particularly scholarly essay”. This would include, for example, reinterpreting the promise of virgins in the afterlife as a promise for chilled drinks and good food. This book, as I came to thee, was a watershed in post-colonial studies.

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