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critical of Said’s landmark work. The most recent additions to this literature are Ibn . Warraq’s Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said’s Orientalism and. Ibn Warraq, Amherst, NY, Prometheus Books, , pp. Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said’s Orientalism by Ibn Warraq. Defending the West has 95 ratings and 11 reviews. Ibn Warraq refutes the perfidious lies of Said meticulously and with brutal candour in this antidote to Said’s.

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Defending the West

Also by Ibn Warraq. In The Origins of The Koran: Warraq was born in British India and his family migrated to the newly independent Pakistan in Warraq accuses Said of not only willfully misinterpreting the work of many scholars, but also of systematically misrepresenting Western civilization as a whole.

Losses, Journeys, and Ascensions: The genocide of 1. Too often, he assumes his worldview to such an extent that he does not seek to argue or develop even quite contentious points. 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.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Although I agree with many aspects of Marxist writers-such as their argument that economic factors influencing historical events have traditionally been largely ignored by the historical establishment, I am unable to subscribe to their determinist conclusions.

The name refers to 9th century skeptical scholar Muhammad al Warraq. 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’. Lists with This Book. That’s a good thing.


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 in wars that I am quite familiar with. 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.

He also worked as a courier for a travel agent. This section, while too nuanced to go into specifics in a review of this size, does succeed in further undermining Said and calls into question his credibility. 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.

The effect of Said’s work has been to slander the valuable work of generations of genuine scholars on the Middle East and Islamic world.

Defending the West by Ibn Warraq | : Books

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.

The author extensively describes – so there can be no doubt as to the force of his arguments – examples of Orientalists who had genuine sympathy, passion and love for the cultures they studied. The Best Jazz of Rahul Defensing rated it it was amazing Oct 10, Instead, it is a Darwinian struggle where the weak are destroyed and the young ever supplant the old. One thing I do appreciate is Ibn Warraq’s point of view as a non-Westerner, which should deflect the standard accusations of racism, colonialism, privilege, etc.

I don’t find it conservative because it promises to revolutionize the field dsfending cultural studies, which had previously been transformed by Said’s book. 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. The quote in German as printed in Der Spiegel is: It is often a strange mixture of ironic jabs or impassioned language and very dry, encyclopedic run-downs that I found myself almost skimming.


Warraq dismantles Said’s highly faulty and fraudulent methodology. 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.

Ths, Warraq illustrates how Said misrepresented some of the sources he draws upon for support. Return to Book Page.

Today we have something special for you Archived from the original on 9 October It was not until I read Defending the West: The author also criticizes Said for inadequate methodology, incoherent arguments, and a faulty historical understanding.

Ibn Warraq

Sheikh Tajamul rated it really liked it Nov 06, He dedicates much of his narrative to defending Western Civilization as a whole by examining three key trends that he defendiny define the western mentality. Looking for More Great Reads? During the Rushdie affairIbn Warraq noticed there were frequent critical attacks on Christianity and Judaism, sarraq never on Islam, which – according to Warraq – tries to control every single aspect of an individual’s life, giving “no scope for independent thinking.

Classic Essays on Islam’s Holy Book”. We’ll see what I think when I finally finish it.


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