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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He raises valid questions as to the methodology of Said and his followers most notably Nochlin, who is subjected to very severe criticism, though not unfairly, I believe and the book is well-sourced and based on quite extensive research.

Journal of Islamic Studies. 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. Warraq illustrates how many artists did capture accurate portrayals of the Arab world, and that the defendiny civilizations influenced each other in an open and fair manner.

Warraq does an excellent job of showing how Orientalism damaged free expression and open dialogue. In addition, however, to form my own opinion, I would need to awrraq my own study of the history, art, and literature referenced summarily by Warraq and even more summarily by Said. Views Read Edit View history. Three words; Informative, Truthful, Accurate!

Conflicted feelings about this one. After his arrival in Britain, he only saw his father once more, when he was 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. Retrieved May 15, Furthermore, Said argued that the act of discourse, in the Foucalt sense of the word, is inherently ideologically-motivated and in the case of the Orientalists-scholars interested in the Orient, the Arab world-was used as a theoretical cover to justify colonialism and exploitation.

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Sep 05, Darnell rated it really liked it Shelves: The Ongoing Politics of a Polemic”. Ben Woody rated it liked it Feb 12, It was not until I read Defending the West: Defending the West Publisher: View all 6 comments. As he describes Iran: Mark Kozak rated it really liked it Sep 15, Retrieved July 17, Orientalism seemed an important part of the story, but certainly not the final word on the matter.

The pen name “Ibn Warraq” Arabic: Defending the West is at times an encyclopaedia, at times an essay, at times a textbook. It jumped from topic to topic, making bold assertions as mere afterthoughts and generally departing from the largely respectful and scholarly tone of the rest of the work.

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

In Islamic states this constitutes apostasy. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society. Warraq gathered world notice through his historiographies of the early centuries of the Islamic timeline and has published works which question mainstream conceptions of the period.


By what standard is imperialism so wrong Said? His father died two years later.

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Yet despite the many valid arguments that Orientalism addressed, there was always a sense that there was some underlying flaw in its all-encompassing, explanatory claims.

John rated it really liked it May 05, Many showed great care and respect for the cultures they studied. Other books treated the topic of secular humanist values among Muslims.

A defedning and quite brilliant, if somewhat disorganized, indictment of one of the world’s great religions.

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. Archived from the original on 13 January Sheikh Tajamul rated it really liked it Obn 06, I’m not comletely convinced by the author’s argument, though he makes it very cogently.

Popmatters is wholly independently owned and operated. 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.

Warraq was born in British India and his family migrated to the newly independent Pakistan in In a review of Ibn Warraq’s book, Virgins?