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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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. The genocide of 1.

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Other books treated the topic of secular humanist values among Muslims. 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. From Wikipedia, the defendinb encyclopedia. With example after tne, he shows that ever thr 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.

I had heard of the book before, but until reading it and discussing it in class had never appreciated the scope of its criticisms.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Wikiquote has quotations related to: The Origins of the Koran: The Origins of The Koran: 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.

The problem is not so much the contention itself, but the arrogant certainty with which it is pronounced and the lack of insight wesg religious devotion and the many intersecting motivations behind it. While this at first caused me some distress, I now take comfort in the lessons it provides.


In a review of Why I Am Not a MuslimDaniel Pipes wrote that defendinf 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 sest Muslim.

Yet despite the many valid arguments that Orientalism addressed, there was always a sense that there was some underlying flaw in its all-encompassing, explanatory claims.

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Jun 11, Dan Meisler wewt it it was amazing. He describes also how the very tolerance of the West has led to what he so eruditely refers to the bufooneries of Michael Moore, the exaggeration of Robert Fisk and the fanaticism of Noam Chomsky” all of these apologists for Islamo-Nazi atrocities and terror. Neither form nor substance are consistent throughout ddefending entire work. Despite his criticisms of Islamhe does not take the view that it cannot be reformed; and he works with liberal Muslims in his group.

He also covers the horrific abuse of women and children in Islamic societies again condoned and ignored by leftwing intellectuals. Warraq accuses Said of not only willfully misinterpreting the work of many scholars, but also of systematically misrepresenting Western civilization as a whole. It is a well researched and clearly written critique that also examines the lasting effect Said’s work has had on Muslim thinking and politics.

Warraq illustrates how many artists did capture accurate portrayals of the Arab world, and that the two civilizations influenced each other in an open and fair manner. Today we have something special for you Inthe music world saw amazing reissues spanning rock titans to indie upstarts and electronic to pop of all stripes.

The elephant in the room for both Warraq and Said is the lack of a basis or standard for morality and truth.

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He raises valid questions as to the methodology of Said and his followers most notably Nochlin, who is subjected to very severe criticism, though not unfairly, I believe and the book is well-sourced and based on quite extensive research. Three words; Informative, Truthful, Accurate! He highlights the variety of opinion on Orientalism among “Orientals” themselves and points out that Said and his ilk engage in a lot of the stereotyping and homogenization of Easterners that they supposedly condemn.


The one aspect in which Warraq is completely successful and on which the book itself is worthwhile is his analysis that Orientalism was used to unfairly attack scholars and stifle discourse. Warraq’s op-ed pieces have appeared in The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian in London, [29] and he has addressed governmental bodies all over the world, including the United Nations in Geneva.

Small jabs and biased comments get a pass from me, as does the singling out of Islam for criticism e.

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Looking for More Great Reads? The massacres of wwest hundred thousand people in Uganda by Idi Amin or of in Rwanda in Archived copy as title link for Enquiry [www. 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’.

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. Almost none of the historical facts about the study of the Middle East conform to this narrative.

In the spirit of Western self-criticism, Warraq also rightly points out the egregious racism that is not only tolerated, but completely normalized in many non-Western countries.

Apr 11, Jason Williams rated it did not like it. Books by Ibn Warraq. Retrieved May 15, Larry Newberry rated it really liked it May 17,