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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The last half of the book focuses on Orientalism in specific aspects of culture, including music, art, and literature. Want to Read saving….

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Generally, however, the prose has a decent flow and the subject matter is of sufficient interest to render the book quite engrossing. Hardcoverpages.

Inspired by Your Browsing History. Jul 15, Gary rated it it was amazing. This book, as I came to learn, was a watershed in post-colonial studies. Among his work is criticism of the sources of the Qur’an. The one aspect in which Warraq is completely successful and on which the book itself is worthwhile is his analysis that Orientalism was used thr unfairly attack scholars and stifle discourse. Warraq’s op-ed pieces wesg 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.


This section, while too nuanced to go into warraq in a review of this size, does succeed in further undermining Said and calls into question his credibility. Losses, Journeys, and Ascensions: Although from this description it appears that all Said got right was the spelling of his own name.

A well-researched and quite brilliant, if somewhat disorganized, indictment of one of ibj world’s great religions. Clair Tisdall ‘s as “not a particularly scholarly essay”. The crimes of Saddam Hussein, the chemical of the town of Hama by Hafez al Assad in in which 40 people die, and the 2 million people who have died in Iran because of the policies of the Islamic Defenving.

Addressing form, the quality of the writing in Defending the West is not bad, although not exceptional either. His work, “The Origins of the Koran”, is itself based on a polemic by St. Refresh and try again.

Preview — Defending the West by Ibn Warraq. Few non-Western nations are willing to self-criticize and soberly assess their culture, history and society, and I definitely agree that this is one of the most noble features of Western civilization.

Well, I guess I should re-read Said’s work as well.

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Defending the West by Ibn Warraq

Warraq’s brilliant analysis of the engagement the West with Eastern and Islamic cultures go’s some way to both explaining that there has been much positive in western civilization and influence and that Western culture has been most open to receiving and understanding the cultures of others while Islam since CE at the latest has rejected input from other cultures and civilizations as well as rejecting the pursuit of knowledge for the sake of knowledge, which is echoed in Said’s contempt for science.


In its own right, it is an exquisite inquiry into the great ideas at play in our world. The 80 Best Books of His commitment to logic and reason allow him to shred Said’s erroneous and inconsistent arguments. Oct 12, Marie Stewart rated it it was amazing.

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. Books by Ibn Warrwq. 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 defendnig many intersecting motivations behind it. The Best Metal of Warraq accuses Said of not only willfully misinterpreting the work of many scholars, but also of systematically misrepresenting Western civilization as a whole.

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