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

Mary Storm rated it liked it May 03, I look forward to other reviews of both books. This type of intellectual tyranny is precisely the thing that should not be allowed to persist in an academic world. Ibn Warraq is the pen name of an author most famous for his criticism of Islam. The Origins of the Koran: Let me first note that I have read Said’s book and I do think he was on to something. Despite his criticisms of Islamhe does not take the view that it cannot be reformed; and he works with liberal Muslims in his group.

Archived from the original on 9 October Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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. He concluded “[i]t seems that Ibn Warraq has 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.


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.

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With this important new book Ibn Warraq has once and for all dispatched Orientalism to the dustbin of history. 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.

As he describes Iran: Old schools of thought become the bones in which the new generations of scholars sharpen their intellectual claws. Warraq’s commentary on Islam is considered by mainstream scholars to be overly polemical and revisionist [7] [8] while a specific brand praise it as well-researched. Jun 11, Dan Meisler rated it it was amazing.

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. Warraq claims to have been “shy” for most of his youth.

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To ask other readers questions about Defending the Westplease sign up. Parts made me cringe, but I appreciated Warraq creating a space for many voices that usually aren’t allowed in the discussion. Language, Text and CommentaryDefending the West: Nov 15, Yana rated it liked it Shelves: The 60 Best Songs of playlist Mixed Media. 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.


Chapters and sections often end rather abruptly without unifying conclusions and are structured in a less-than-obvious manner. Rhonda rated it really liked it Dec 01, Wikiquote has quotations related to: By 19 he had moved to Scotland to pursue his education at the University of Edinburghwhere he studied philosophy and Arabic with Islamic studies scholar W. I am still reading this, it’s very long and dense and packed with information.

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I had heard of the book before, but until reading it and discussing it in class had never appreciated the scope of its criticisms. Oct 12, Marie Stewart rated it it was amazing. The genocide of 1.

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Caschetta concluded that “Ibn Warraq’s critique of Said’s thought and work is thorough and convincing, indeed devastating to anyone depending on Saidism.

Maria rated it really liked it Sep 23, Many showed great care and respect for the cultures they studied. 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.

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