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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The 20 Best Folk Albums of 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. Old schools of thought become the bones in which the new generations of scholars sharpen their intellectual claws. Jun 11, Dan Defeding rated it it was amazing. 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.

My brother and its family do not know until today that I wrote the book. Thank you Ibn, for your wonderful book, a must read! 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. Open Preview See a Problem? You’re born a Muslim and that’s it.

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

I have long waited for the chance to voice my opinion that the concept of ‘the Other’ is a massive fraud perpetrated by leftwing intellectuals which simply means selected groups of people favoured and protected by the Left who ignore the suffering and victimization of other people, thus practising exactly what they accuse Westwerners, conservatives etc of doing to those they chosen to term ‘the Other’ Warraq uses this term for convenience as he refers to as a ‘temporary verbal surrender’while identifying it for the dishonest cliche that it is.


Retrieved October 3, Looking for More Great Reads? This book, as I came to learn, was a watershed in post-colonial studies. Rahul Raj rated it it was amazing Oct 10, Preview — Defending the West by Ibn Warraq. He also worked as a courier for a travel agent. These were fascinating and disturbing concepts that strongly challenged many of the conventional underpinnings of history that I had taken for granted. In its own right, it is an exquisite inquiry into the great ideas at play in our world.

Qu’ranic scholar Christoph Luxenberg has tried to demonstrate that many of the obscurities of the Qu’ran disappear if we read certain words as being Syriac and not Arabic.

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In Islamic states this defeending apostasy. The last half of the book focuses on Orientalism in specific aspects of culture, including music, art, and literature. This is not really a criticism, since the book itself makes its nature abundantly clear, but I fear Ibn Warraq often frames his defense in very conclusive terms, and never recognizes any instance in which Said’s theory holds true.

Defending the West by Ibn Warraq

The effe 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.

Yet despite the many valid arguments that Orientalism addressed, there was always a wwest that there was some underlying flaw in its all-encompassing, explanatory claims. And what does Ibn Warraq have to show for this act of unheard-of defiance?

Few non-Western nations are willing to self-criticize and soberly assess their culture, history and society, and I definitely agree that this is one of the most noble features of Western civilization. No Faith Value Blog. 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. While this at first caused me some distress, I defendng take comfort in the lessons it provides.


His father died two years later. Why is “rational self-criticism” inherently better than ignorance Warraq?

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.

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Warraq does an excellent job of showing how Orientalism damaged free expression and open dialogue. The Origins of the Koran: Warraq points out Said in his fraudulent creation of the concept of “the other”, 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.

After his arrival in Britain, he only saw his father once more, when he was 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’.

The East was unfairly united under a flawed banner and then inaccurately romanticized in a way that made it foreign and strange. Orientalism seemed an important part of the story, but certainly not the final word on the matter.