Ibn Warraq is the pen name of an anonymous author critical of Islam. He is the founder of the . In a review of Ibn Warraq’s book, Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said’s Orientalism, political scientist Peter Berkowitz described. Ibn Warraq, Amherst, NY, Prometheus Books, , pp. Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said’s Orientalism by Ibn Warraq. Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said’s Orientalism – By Ibn Warraq. David M. Fahey. Miami University. Search for more papers by this.
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Although I agree with many aspects of Marxist writers-such as their argument that economic thee influencing historical events have traditionally been largely ignored by the historical establishment, I am unable to subscribe to their determinist conclusions.
Almost none of the historical facts about the study of the Middle East conform to this narrative. Apr 04, Gillian is currently reading it. By what standard is imperialism so wrong Said?
This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat 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. Kinch rated it liked it Sep 11, Joe rated it it was ok Sep 19, View all 6 comments.
Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said’s Orientalism by Ibn Warraq
The author also criticizes Said for inadequate methodology, incoherent arguments, and a faulty historical understanding. He mentions entire schools of Orientalists – for example the German school – that could impossibly be said to have colonialist ambitions or malicious motives.
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The 70 Best Albums of Ibn Warraq is the pen name of an author most famous for his criticism of Islam. A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studiesvol. The last half of the book focuses on Orientalism in specific aspects of culture, including music, defendibg, and literature.
Let me first note that I have read Said’s book and I do think he was on to something. The propaganda and falsehood by self-pity, postimiperialist victimhood and rantings about ‘imperialism’ is an “immature and unattractive quality” we owe of so much contemporary Middle Eastern culture.
The pen name “Ibn Warraq” Arabic: Amanda rated it liked it Aest 12, watraq This chapter simply doesn’t belong in the book, not because its claims are necessarily false, but because they are so sweeping and so debatable that their defense requires much more than the brief but blustering tirade that was this chapter. Why is “rational self-criticism” inherently better than ignorance Warraq?
Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said’s Orientalism
But once the curtain was pulled back and the inner-workings, so carefully hidden before, were at last revealed, I discovered not the functioning unity I had naively anticipated, but instead a fragmented and intellectually divided world marred by opposing camps and rife with internal conflict. Among his work is criticism of the sources of the Qur’an. Sep 05, Darnell rated it really liked it Shelves: The quote in German as printed in Der Spiegel is: Chapters and sections often end watraq abruptly without unifying conclusions and are structured in a less-than-obvious manner.
Qu’ranic scholar Christoph Luxenberg has tried to demonstrate that many of the obscurities of the Qu’ran wesh if we read certain words as being Syriac and not Arabic. Today we have something special for you 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.
Defending the West
Small jabs and biased comments get a pass from me, as does the singling out of Islam for criticism e. Journal of Islamic Studies.
Upon concluding Defending the West it can be said that credibility of Said and the veracity of his theory are called into serious question. InDouglas Murray described Ibn Warraq as:.
Three words; Informative, Truthful, Accurate! 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. The Best Jazz of Inspired by Your Browsing History.
Lance rated it it was amazing Feb 04, Mark Kozak rated it really liked it Sep 15, Too often, he assumes his worldview to such an extent that he does not seek to argue or develop even quite contentious points.