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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Sep 05, Darnell rated it really liked it Shelves: The 80 Best Books of My brother and its family do not know until today that I wrote the book. In addition, however, to form my own opinion, I would need to do my own study of the history, art, and literature referenced summarily by Warraq and even more summarily by Said.

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Jun 11, Dan Meisler rated it it was amazing.

One need simply consider something as banal as the Tintin comic books and their portrayal of black Africans. Ibn Warraq is the pen name of an anonymous author critical of Islam.

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. 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.

I had heard of the book before, but until reading it and discussing it in class had never appreciated the scope of its criticisms. Furthermore, Said argued that the act of discourse, in the Foucalt sense of the word, is inherently ideologically-motivated and in the case of the Orientalists-scholars interested in the Orient, the Arab world-was used as a theoretical cover to justify colonialism and exploitation.

Refresh and try again. Although from this description it appears weet all Said got right was the spelling of his own name. Apr 11, Jason Williams rated it did not like it. It was fascinating to read a passionate and shri Dense and dry, but extremely well-researched and documented,this book is valuable as an anthology or bibliography of kbn to reference as well as a decent defense of the West and critique of Said’s Orientalism.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. Amanda rated it liked it Oct 12, An apostasy, that is to say, leaving your religion in Deffnding, is punishable by death. In The Origins of The Koran: 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. Qu’ranic scholar Christoph Luxenberg has tried to demonstrate that tthe of the obscurities of the Qu’ran disappear if we read certain words as being Syriac and not Arabic.

It was not until I read Defending the West: I’m not comletely convinced by the author’s argument, though he makes it very cogently.

Language, Text and CommentaryDefending the West: Also by Ibn Warraq. Lance rated it it was amazing Feb 04, Apr 04, Gillian is currently reading it.

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He astutely remarks on Said’s essentialization of the West, his more than occasional incoherence and his purely theoretical and ideological framework that does not accord much value to empirical evidence. 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.

One thing I do appreciate is Ibn Warraq’s point defendding view as a non-Westerner, which should deflect the standard accusations of racism, colonialism, privilege, etc. Faazy Faiz rated it it was amazing Jun 26, Trivia About Defending the Wes Warraq’s op-ed pieces have appeared in The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian in London, qest and he has addressed governmental bodies all over the world, including the United Nations in Geneva.

A Critique of Edward Said’s Orientalismwriting that “This modern son of a bookseller imprints a polemical farce not worth the plus pages of paper it wastes.

Defending the West

He also covers the horrific abuse of women and children in Islamic societies again condoned and ignored by leftwing intellectuals. Warraq then documents the killing of 70 million Chinese by Mao, and one fifth of Cambodia’s population by Pol Pot.

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He mentions entire schools of Orientalists – for example the German school – that could impossibly be said to have colonialist ambitions or malicious motives. Warraq examines the real agenda of Islamism ignored in the mainstream media and universities.

This year’s collection warraa many independent and self-published artists; no mainstream or superhero comic in sight. Stay in Touch Sign up. Warraq takes apart the accepted blaming of only the Defneding for all evils in the world today pointing out that “Europe has been guilty of terrible crimes but what civilization has not been? Retrieved July 17, 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.

Or if he did, he would not be allowed to live.

Defending the West by Ibn Warraq

The problem is not so much the contention itself, but the arrogant certainty with which it is pronounced and the lack of insight into religious devotion and the many intersecting motivations behind it. Rahul Raj rated it it was amazing Oct 10, 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.

These Orientalists – whether linguists, historians, painters or archeologists – are respected and appreciated by modern Eastern scholars, who acknowledge the Westerners’ contributions and even thank them for the cultural and academic revivals that succeeded them – e.

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.