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Why the West is Best: A Muslim Apostate's Defense of Liberal Democracy

Why the West is Best A Muslim Apostate s Defense of Liberal Democracy We in the West in general and the United States in particular have witnessed over the last twenty years a slow erosion of our civilizational self confidence Under the influence of intellectuals and

  • Title: Why the West is Best: A Muslim Apostate's Defense of Liberal Democracy
  • Author: Ibn Warraq
  • ISBN: 9781594035760
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Hardcover
  • We, in the West in general, and the United States in particular, have witnessed over the last twenty years a slow erosion of our civilizational self confidence Under the influence of intellectuals and academics in Western universities, intellectuals such as Gore Vidal, Susan Sontag, Edward Said, and Noam Chomsky, and destructive intellectual fashions such as post modernisWe, in the West in general, and the United States in particular, have witnessed over the last twenty years a slow erosion of our civilizational self confidence Under the influence of intellectuals and academics in Western universities, intellectuals such as Gore Vidal, Susan Sontag, Edward Said, and Noam Chomsky, and destructive intellectual fashions such as post modernism, moral relativism, and multiculturalism, the West has lost all self confidence in its own values, and seems incapable and unwilling to defend those values By contrast, resurgent Islam, in all its forms, is supremely confident, and is able to exploit the West s moral weakness and cultural confusion to demand ever concessions from her The growing political and demographic power of Muslim communities in the West, aided and abetted by Western apologists of Islam, not to mention a compliant, pro Islam U.S administration, has resulted in an ever increasing demand for the implementation of Islamic law, sharia, into the fabric of Western law, and Western constitutions There is an urgent need to examine why sharia is totally incompatible with Human Rights and the US Constitution This book, the first of its kind, proposes to examine the Sharia and its potential and actual threat to democratic principles.This book defines and defends Western values, strengths and freedoms often taken for granted This book also tackles the taboo subjects of racism in Asian culture, Arab slavery, and Islamic imperialism It begins with a homage to New York City, as a metaphor for all we hold dear in Western culture pluralism, individualism, freedom of expression and thought, the complete freedom to pursue life, liberty and happiness unhampered by totalitarian regimes, and theocratic doctrines.

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    1. Ibn Warraq

      Ibn Warraq is the pen name of an author most famous for his criticism of Islam He is the founder of the Institute for the Secularisation of Islamic Society ISIS and is formerly a senior research fellow at the Center for Inquiry, focusing on Quranic criticism Warraq is currently the Vice President of the World Encounter Institute Warraq s commentary on Islam is considered by some to be overly polemical and revisionist, while others praise it as well researched.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 The pen name Ibn Warraq Arabic , most literally son of a papermaker is used due to his concerns for his personal safety Warraq stated, I had fear to become the second Salman Rushdie It is a name that has been adopted by dissident authors throughout the history of Islam The name refers to 9th century skeptical scholar Muhammad al Warraq Warraq adopted the pseudonym in 1995 when he completed his first book, entitled Why I Am Not a Muslim.He is the author of nine books, including Why I Am Not a Muslim 1995 , The Origins of the Koran 1998 , The Quest for the Historical Muhammad 2000 , What the Koran Really Says Language, Text and Commentary 2002 , Defending the West A Critique of Edward Said s Orientalism 2007 , Which Koran Variants, Manuscripts, and the Influence of Pre Islamic Poetry 2008 , Why the West is Best A Muslim Apostate s Defense of Liberal Democracy 2011 and Sir Walter Scott s Crusades Other Fantasies 2013 He addressed the United Nations Victims of Jihad conference organized by the International Humanist and Ethical Union, alongside such speakers as Bat Ye or, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and Simon Deng.

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    1. A strong critique of current intellectual trends that say, for example, that the West is fatally tainted by imperialism, colonialism, racism, the history of the slave trade etc. Ibn Warraq doesn't deny these things happened, but shows that Islamic imperialism and Arab slave traders were far worse (the Arabs traded in slaves for overa thousand years and systematically castrated their African male captives).The question of why the West is superior in wealth, technology, political and religious fre [...]


    2. Ibn Warraq gives a cogent, deatiled and persuasive analysis of why Western Civilization is the crowning achievement of humanity, and how it is threatened by encroachment from without and self doubt within.Ibn Warraq pulls no punches, laying out where he stands right in the prologue:"The West does not need lectures on the superior virtue of societies where women are kept in subjection, endure genital mutilation, are married off against their will at the age of nine, have acid thrown in their face [...]


    3. One of the strongest essay books I've come across in defence of the ideals from the Enlightenment. If you like Christopher Hitchens, you'll like Warraq too. The reason it's not getting five stars is that it somehow feels too compact, a bit of an exhausting reading experience, as the material in the book is vast and would deserve volumes to do it justice. I'm also not sure if the first chapter, on New York, is the best way to start a book like this, although it's extremely charming.


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