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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Ibn Warraq

Let me first note that I have read Said’s book and I do think he was on to something. I admit that I have never read Edward Said’s Orientalism inb, but references and arguments that draw from that work have definitely trickled down into many articles and comment flame wars that I am quite familiar with. Natalie rated it did not like it Oct 15, It is often a strange mixture of ironic jabs or impassioned language and very dry, encyclopedic run-downs that I found myself almost skimming.

As an overall assessment, Defending the West is fair and justified as a criticism of Said, but rather flawed in structure and tone; a necessary counterpoint to Orientalism that nevertheless remains ideologically charged and only presents the positive examples of East-West relations.

Defending the West

I would highly recommend reading Said and Warraq together. Again unbelievable Said and his followers interpret intellectual and political history in a highly, in short twisting the truth which Said does not seem to believe in anyway.

Caschetta, “Defending the West: Warraq then documents the killing of 70 million Chinese by Mao, and one fifth of Cambodia’s population by Pol Pot. Defending the West often isn’t sure whether it is a source of levelheaded analysis to balance out rabid Saidism or a polemical work advancing a particular philosophical vision.


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One thing I do appreciate is Ibn Warraq’s point of view as a non-Westerner, which should deflect the standard accusations of racism, colonialism, privilege, etc. They often contended with colonialist powers on behalf of natives, and many endured great personal and financial hardship in order to carry out their work. Apr 04, Gillian is currently defendnig it.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. David Layton rated it really liked it Jan 02, Personally endangered, yet unremittingly vocal, Ibn Warraq leads a trend. Jackie Chan’s 10 Best Films. You’re born a Muslim and that’s it. Refresh and try again. 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. This would include, for example, reinterpreting the promise of virgins in the afterlife as a promise for chilled drinks and good food.

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Books Defending the West by Ibn Warraq. He waxes lyrical it is quite touching, really; I felt inspired to become an academic about the glories of human achievement, the ennobling quest for knowledge for the sake of knowledge and the unassailable morality of his Orientalist subjects. John rated it really liked defsnding May 05, Kinch rated it liked it Sep 11, Thank you Ibn, for your wonderful book, a must read! Ben Woody rated it liked it Feb 12, The Best Metal of Wesr was born in British India and his family migrated to the newly independent Pakistan in An apostasy, that is to say, leaving your religion in Islam, is punishable by death.


The 21 Best Album Re-Issues of 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’s commentary on Islam is defenxing by some to be overly polemical and revisionist, while others praise it as well-researched.

Stay in Touch Sign up. 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. This is the first systematic critique of Edward Said’s influential work, Orientalism, a book that for almost three decades has received wide acclaim, voluminous commentary, and translation into more than fifteen languages.

A systematic critique of Said’s portrayal of “the West” derails the entire conversation or maybe that WAS Warraq’s point? Orientalism seemed an important part of the story, but certainly not the final word on the matter. This guy totally misses the point of Orientalism.