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Ibn Warraq

Overview
Works: 26 works in 97 publications in 10 languages and 4,992 library holdings
Genres: Controversial literature  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Translator
Classifications: BP169, 297
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Ibn Warraq
Why I am not a Muslim by Ibn Warraq( Book )
16 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,091 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Those who practice the Muslim faith have resisted examinations of their religion. They are extremely guarded about their religion, and what they consider blasphemous acts by sceptical Muslims and non-Muslims alike has only served to pique the world's curiosity. This critical examination reveals an unflattering picture of the faith and its practitioners. Nevertheless, it is the truth, something that has either been deliberately concealed by modern scholars or buried in obscure journals accessible only to a select few
The quest for the historical Muhammad ( Book )
7 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 954 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Scholars debate the accuracy of the Koran, quest to discover the biographical history of Muhammad, and debate the precepts of Islamic law
What the Koran really says : language, text, and commentary ( Book )
6 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Islam has worldwide influence, and even in the United States is experiencing a period of unprecedented growth. Its sacred book, the Koran, is the subject of voluminous commentary, yet it rarely receives the kind of objective critical scrutiny that has been applied to the texts of the Bible for over a century. To correct this neglect of objective scholarship, Ibn Warraq has assembled this excellent collection of critical commentaries on the Koran published by noted scholars from the beginning of the 20th century to recent times. These important studies, as well as his own lengthy introduction, show that little about the text of the Koran can be taken at face value. Among the fascinating topics discussed is evidence that early Muslims did not understand Muhammad's original revelation, that the ninth-century explosion of literary activity was designed to organize and make sense of an often incoherent text, and that much of the traditions surrounding Muhammad's life were fabricated long after his death in an attempt to give meaning to the Koran. Also of interest are suggestions that Coptic and other Christian sources heavily influenced much of the text and that some passages reflect even an Essenian background reaching back to the community of the Dead Sea Scrolls. This outstanding volume will be a welcome resource to interested lay readers and scholars alike. - Publisher
Leaving Islam : apostates speak out ( Book )
8 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and Dutch and held by 577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In the West, those who abandon their religion (apostates) find it to be a difficult, emotional decision that sometimes carries with it social repercussions, such as physical and psychological isolation from family, friends, and colleagues. However, in culturally diverse societies with a mixture of ethnic groups and various philosophies of life, most people look upon such intellectual shifts in allegiance as a matter of personal choice and the right of the individual. In stark contrast, the socially restricted Muslim world still views apostasy as an unthinkable act, and orthodox Muslims consider it a crime punishable by death." "Defying the death penalty that all apostates potentially face in the Islamic world, the ex-Muslims represented here feel it is their duty to speak up against their former faith, to tell the truth about the fastest-growing religion in the world."--BOOK JACKET
The origins of the Koran : classic essays on Islam's holy book ( Book )
7 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Defending the West : a critique of Edward Said's Orientalism by Ibn Warraq( Book )
7 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This is the first systematic critique of Edward Said's influential work Orientalism, a book that for almost three decades has received wide acclaim in both the East and the West, voluminous commentary by scholars, and translation into more than fifteen languages." "In this thorough reconsideration of Said's famous work, Ibn Warraq argues that Said's case against the West is seriously flawed. Warraq accuses Said of not only willfully misinterpreting the work of many scholars but also of systematically misrepresenting Western civilization as a whole. With example afer example, Warraq shows that from the time of the ancient Greeks, Western civilization has always had a strain in its very makeup that accepted non-Westerners and has always been open to foreign ideas. Warraq also criticizes Said for inadequate methodology, incoherent arguments, and a faulty understanding of history. He points out not only Said's tendentious interpretations but also historical howlers that would make a sophomore blush."--Jacket
Why the West is best : a Muslim apostate's defense of liberal democracy by Ibn Warraq( Book )
3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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-modernism, moral relativism, and mulitculturalism, 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 confid
Virgins, what virgins? : and other essays by Ibn Warraq( Book )
4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this wide-ranging collection of insightful, controversial, and often-witty essays, the renowned author of Why I Am Not a Muslim has created a representative selection of his best work on the Koran and various problems posed by the interaction of Islam with the West
Koranic allusions : the Biblical, Qumranian, and pre-Islamic background to the Koran ( Book )
3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"For anyone with an interest in the early history of Islam, this erudite anthology will prove to be informative and enlightening. Scholars have long known that the text of the Koran shows evidence of many influences from religious sources outside Islam. For example, stories in the Koran about Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other characters from the Bible obviously come from the Jewish Torah and the Christian Gospels. But there is also evidence of borrowing in the Koran from more obscure literature. In this anthology, the acclaimed critic of Islam Ibn Warraq has assembled scholarly articles that delve into these unusual, little-known sources. The contributors examine the connections between pre-Islamic poetry and the text of the Koran; and they explore similarities between various Muslim doctrines and ideas found in the writings of the Ebionites, a Jewish Christian sect that existed from the second to the fourth centuries. Also considered is the influence of Coptic Christian literature on the writing of the traditional biography of Muhammad"--
Which Koran ? : variants , manuscripts , linguistics ( Book )
4 editions published in 2011 in English and Polish and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In a lengthy introduction, Warraq notes that historical and linguistic evidence suggests that there was considerable confusion regarding what should be included in the Koran in the early years of Muslim history. Although the caliph 'Uthman canonized a specific text some fifteen years after the death of Muhammad, variant readings of certain passages have persisted to the present. This can be seen in discrepancies between the two main printed versions of the Koran available today (the Warsh transmission found in West and Northwest Africa and the Hafs transmission, stemming from Kufa - an important center of Koranic scholarship located in Iraq - and widely available through the standard Egyptian edition of 1924). In addition, the Hadith, a revered collection of Muslim secondary literature on the life of Muhammad, discusses missing Koranic verses and even Muhammad's sometimes-faulty memory. Such evidence strongly indicates that the Koran cannot be considered an inerrant revelation
Christmas in the Koran : Luxenberg, Syriac, and the Near Eastern and Judeo-Christian background of Islam ( Book )
2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Centering on the pioneering work of Christoph Luxenberg, this anthology of scholarly yet accessible studies of the Koran makes a convincing case that Islam's holy book borrowed heavily from Christian texts in Syriac and other Near Eastern sources. In this important compilation, Ibn Warraq focuses on the pioneering work in Syriac and Arabic linguistics of Christoph Luxenberg, a native speaker of Arabic who lives in the West and writes under a pseudonym. Luxenberg's careful studies of the Koran are significant for many reasons. First, he has clarified numerous obscurities in the Koran by treating the confusing passages as poor translations into Arabic of original Syriac texts. He demonstrates that when one translates the difficult Arabic words back into Syriac, the meaning becomes clear. Beyond textual clarity, Luxenberg's scholarship provides ample evidence that the Koran developed from a Judeo-Christian background, since Syriac (a dialect of Aramaic) was the main language of both Jews and Christians in the Middle East before the advent of Islam. Ibn Warraq supplies English translations of key articles by Luxenberg that originally appeared in German and have never before been available to an English readership. This is followed by commentary by other scholars on Luxenberg's work. Also included are articles by earlier specialists who anticipated the later insights of Luxenberg, and more recent scholarship inspired by his methodology. Erudite but accessible, this groundbreaking collection is must reading for anyone with an interest in the origins of the Koran and the early history of Islam"
Pourquoi je ne suis pas musulman : essai by Ibn Warraq( Book )
7 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in French and English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Which Koran? : variants, manuscripts, & the influence of pre-Islamic poetry by Ibn Warraq( Book )
5 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Derfor er jeg ikke muslim by Ibn Warraq( Book )
3 editions published in 2004 in Danish and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A critique of Edward Said's "Orientalism." by Ibn Warraq( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sir Walter Scott's crusades and other fantasies by Ibn Warraq( Book )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The legacy of Jihad : Islamic holy war and the fate of non-Muslims ( Book )
3 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In eight parts, Andrew Bostom's collection depicts Islam's justification for jihad and its worldwide impact that extended over thirteen centuries of war. He reproduces quotations from the Qu'ran and the Hadith, along with Qu'ranic exegesis by the greatest classical and modern commentators, that provide a rationale for jihad - disproving the argument that only through radical misinterpretation has jihad war been justified. Classical writings from Muslim jurists and theologians and twentieth-century scholars are juxtaposed, which complement each other and provide a fuller description of jihad's influence." "Extensive primary and secondary source materials are presented, many translated here for the first time into English from their original Arabic, Farsi, and French, making clear that jihad conquests were brutal, imperialist advances, which spurred waves of Muslims to expropriate a vast expanse of land and subdue millions of indigenous peoples. Finally, the book examines how jihad war, as a permanent and uniquely Islamic institution, ultimately regulates the relations of Muslims with non-Muslims to this day."--Jacket
The legacy of Islamic antisemitism : from sacred texts to solemn history ( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The author documents the existence of antisemitism since the advent of Islam
Perché non sono musulmano by Ibn Warraq( Book )
1 edition published in 2002 in Italian and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Proč nejsem muslim : [nekompromisní kritika islámského fundamentalismu] by Ibn Warraq( Book )
1 edition published in 2005 in Czech and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Ibn Warrāq 1946-
Ibn Wirāq 1946-
Warraq 1946-
Warraq, Ibn.
Warraq, Ibn 1946-
Languages
English (70)
French (6)
German (3)
Danish (3)
Spanish (3)
Persian (1)
Italian (1)
Polish (1)
Dutch (1)
Czech (1)
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