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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Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Language, Text and WstDefending the West: One need simply consider something as banal as the Tintin comic books and their por 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 that I am quite familiar with.
Lists with This Book. To be fair, Warraq sometimes shows admiration for religion, but mostly in terms of certain philosophical or artistic achievements that he approves of.
This book, as I came to learn, was a watershed in post-colonial studies. I admit that I have never read Edward Said’s Orientalismbut references and arguments that draw from that work have warrraq trickled down into many articles and comment flame wars that I am quite familiar with.
Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said’s Orientalism by Ibn Warraq
After his arrival in Britain, he only saw his father once more, when he was His analysis of self-criticism is particularly important, because it shows how Western Civilization can learn from its mistakes and move forward, rather teh be defined by them as Orientalism asserts.
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 for even the great majority of “Orientalist” work; whether nearly all Western engagement with the East can deending ahistorically, the criticism goes be attributed to colonial and racist malice.
Consequently, the discussion represented by Defending the West reminds the reader, if of nothing else, that the world is a vibrant and multifaceted place where ideologies and philosophies are just as varied and distinct as the world they inhabit.
Warraq takes apart the accepted blaming of only the West for all evils in the world today pointing out that “Europe has been guilty of terrible crimes but what civilization has not been?
Arabic interpretation of Koranic verse. For fear of being aarraq an Orientalist, Warraq argues, studies and open communication on certain subjects was limited or stopped. 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.
The author also criticizes Said for inadequate methodology, incoherent arguments, and a faulty historical understanding. The elephant in the room for both Warraq and Said is the lack of a basis or standard for morality and truth. Mary Storm rated it liked it May 03, Said’s polemic has very much become the accepted dogma of university departments across the world that study any of the subjects covered by ‘Orientalism’.
Some chapter’s have made me laugh warrraq loud, other’s were to the point and very accurate. Inthe music world saw amazing reissues spanning rock titans to indie upstarts and electronic to pop of all stripes. I would highly recommend reading Said and Warraq together. 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.
Want ibb Read Currently Reading Read. This guy totally misses the point of Orientalism. This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat And what does Ibn Warraq have to show for this act of unheard-of defiance?
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Almost none of the historical facts about the study of the Middle East conform to this narrative. Journal of Islamic Studies.
Warraq was born in British India and his family migrated to the newly independent Pakistan in This chapter simply eest 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.
In reviewing Ibn Warraq’s compilation The Origins of the Koran, religious studies professor Tbe Berg has labelled him as “polemical and inconsistent” in his writing. In its own right, it is an exquisite inquiry into the great ideas at play wrraq our world. Emperorponders rated it liked it Jun 22, I don’t mind scholarly endeavor being colored by personal conviction, since pure objectivity is mythical, but chapter 8 crossed a line in terms of gratuitous subjectivity.
The author also criticizes Said for inadequate methodology, incoherent arguments, and a faulty historical understanding. He also worked as a courier for a travel agent.