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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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’. All in wrst, he makes a good case for Orientalist pursuits and provides a much-needed counterpoint to Said’s unbalanced and even pernicious rhetoric. Apr 04, Gillian is currently reading it. He concluded “[i]t seems that Ibn Warraq dffending included some of the essays not on the basis of their scholarly value or their status as ‘classics’, but rather on the basis of their hostility to Islam.

This type of intellectual tyranny is precisely the thing that should not be allowed to persist in an academic world. Hardcoverpages. Warraq takes apart the accepted blaming of only the West for all evils in the world today pointing out that “Europe has been guilty of terrible crimes but what civilization has not been?

Books by Ibn Warraq. Here again, although I disagree with the author’s convictions, it is his delivery that bothers me and that I wish to criticize.

Sep 05, Darnell rated it really liked defenving Shelves: He describes also how the very tolerance of the West has led to what he so eruditely refers to the eest of Michael Moore, the exaggeration of Robert Fisk and the fanaticism of Noam Chomsky” all of these apologists for Islamo-Nazi atrocities and terror.

Instead, it is a Darwinian struggle where the weak are destroyed and the young ever supplant the old. Archived from the original on 13 January I wanted to ask them both “Why do you care?

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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Ibn Warraq’s] agenda, which is not scholarship, but anti-Islamic polemic. Popmatters is wholly independently owned and operated. 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.

Maria rated it really liked it Sep 23, Books Defending the West warraq Ibn Warraq. 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.

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

Language, Text and CommentaryDefending the West: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Warraq further looks at the destructive influence of Said’s study on the history of Western painting, especially of the 19th century, and shows how, once again, the epigones of Said have succeeded in relegating thousands of first-class paintings to the lofts and storage rooms of major museums.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Almost none of the historical facts about the study of the Middle East conform to this narrative.

Defending the West by Ibn Warraq

He also covers the horrific abuse of women and children in Islamic societies again condoned and ignored by leftwing intellectuals. Defendinb McDermott rated it really liked it Apr 24, John rated it really liked it May 05, Apr 11, Jason Williams rated it did not like it.

And what does Ibn Warraq have to show for this act of unheard-of defiance? 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. Many showed great care and respect for the cultures they studied. The author also criticizes Said for inadequate methodology, incoherent arguments, and a faulty historical understanding.

The 80 Best Books of The authors’ whose works we share with you in PopMatters’ 80 Best Books of — from a couple of notable reissues to a number of excellent debuts — poignantly capture wwarraq the political is deeply personal, and the personal is undeniably, and beautifully, universal.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Today we have something special for you To ask other readers questions about Defending the Westplease sign up. Sheikh Tajamul rated it really liked it Nov 06, Although he does not subscribe to any particular religion, [16] he has a higher opinion of humanism than of Islam.


Again unbelievable Said and his followers interpret intellectual and political history in a highly, in short twisting the truth which Said does not seem to believe in anyway. I believe that Ibn Warraq’s critique makes an almost unassailable case that Said’s central thesis is nowhere near as universally applicable to Western depictions of the East as it is made out to be. An apostasy, that is to say, leaving your religion in Islam, is punishable by death. The massacres of three hundred thousand people in Uganda by Idi Amin or of in Rwanda in Warraq does an excellent job of showing how Orientalism damaged free expression and open dialogue.

Defending the West is at times an encyclopaedia, at times an essay, at times a textbook.

Losses, Journeys, and Ascensions: He reminds us of so many precious things in the West — and of it — that are worth wrraq in the face of critics who enjoy Western liberties and denigrate them at the same time.

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

Ibn Warraq is the pen name of an author most famous for his criticism of Islam. That’s a good thing. Rhonda rated it really liked it Dec 01, I had heard of the book before, but until reading it and discussing it in class had never appreciated the scope of its criticisms.

Warraq illustrates how many artists did capture accurate fhe of the Arab world, and that the two civilizations influenced each other in an open and fair manner. 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.

Oct 12, Marie Stewart rated it it was amazing.