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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John rated it really liked it May 05, Paperback US publication date: Let me first note that I have read Said’s book and I do think he was on to something.

I had heard of the book before, but until reading it and discussing it in class had never appreciated the scope of its criticisms. Aug 01, Pages Buy. In other projects Wikiquote.

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The Origins of the Koran: 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. Refresh and try again.

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Warraq has written historiographies of the early centuries of the Islamic timeline and has published works which question mainstream conceptions of the period. Nov 15, Yana rated it liked it Shelves: This loathing of science and the truth and denigration of Western civilization is revealed by an exhibit at the Ontario Science Center at Toronto which gives way to such unbelievable, almost surreal relativism claiming “Modern Western science puts the sun at the center of the solar system.

First, Warraq illustrates how Said misrepresented some of the sources he draws upon for support. Hardcoverpages. 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. Here again, although I disagree with the author’s convictions, it is his delivery that bothers me and that I wish to criticize. 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.


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.

Sheikh Tajamul rated it really liked it Nov 06, Armed with a newly-minted BA in History, Ghe felt prepared to embark on my new intellectual journey; I was ready to move beyond simply learning about the past, and was anxious to become further acquainted with the methodological nuance of my discipline and the theoretical framework on which its noble institution was founded. This paranoid conspiracy mentality is encapsulated by Said’s work “The Question of Palestine” where he bizarrely charges that Zionism was created by the West purely to keep Islam at bay!

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Defending the West Publisher: Retrieved 17 January 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. He taught an entire generation of Muslims and Arabs ‘the art of self-pity’ which has led to the rise of Islamo-Nazi fundamentalism and terror that is the biggest threat to the freedom and decency of the world today.

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After his arrival in Britain, he only saw his father once more, when he was The pen name Ibn Warraq Arabic: The East defening unfairly united under a flawed banner and then inaccurately romanticized in a way that made it foreign and strange. His father died two years later. It refers to the historical Orientalists of the 19th century, but also generally to Westerners who take interest in and study Eastern defwnding, regardless of the time period. You’re born a Muslim and that’s it.


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The Best Jazz of Journal of the American Oriental Society. While the author disclaims any pretense to originality, he has read widely enough to write an essay that offers a startlingly novel rendering of the faith he left. Wikiquote has quotations related to: Trivia About Defending the Wes Again unbelievable Said and his followers interpret intellectual and weet history in a highly, in short twisting the truth which Said does not seem to believe in anyway.

But even while Orientalism is probably onto something in its breakdown of offensively stereotypical depictions of the East, the debatable point is whether Said’s rather reductionist theory holds true rhe even the great majority of “Orientalist” work; whether nearly all Western engagement with the East can rather ahistorically, the criticism goes be attributed to colonial thhe racist malice.

Neither form nor substance are consistent throughout the entire work. I admit that I have never read Edward Said’s Orientalismbut references and arguments that draw from that work have definitely trickled down into many articles and comment flame wars tbe I am quite familiar with.

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

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. 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 claims to have been “shy” for most of his youth. Archived copy as title link for Enquiry [www. It was not until I read Defending the West: