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

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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-modernis ...more
Hardcover, 286 pages
Published December 13th 2011 by Encounter Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Michael Morgan
May 25, 2012 Michael Morgan rated it it was amazing
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
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Mar 13, 2012 Joshua Rosenblum rated it it was amazing
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
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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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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 ...more
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