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Ibn Warraq

Works: 17 works in 63 publications in 7 languages and 4,306 library holdings
Genres: Controversial literature  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Sources 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction, Translator
Classifications: BP169, 297
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Most widely held works by Ibn Warraq
Why I am not a Muslim by Ibn Warraq ( Book )
6 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in English and held by 1,029 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Warraq examines the life of Muhammad, the writing of the Koran and the spread of Islam. He also examines the dark side of Islam such as the Salman Rushdie affair, the opression of women, and the supression of basic human rights
The quest for the historical Muhammad ( Book )
6 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 953 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 )
5 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 760 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 )
7 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 544 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 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Virgins, what virgins? : and other essays by Ibn Warraq ( Book )
4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 158 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
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 143 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 ...
Koranic allusions : the Biblical, Qumranian, and pre-Islamic background to the Koran ( Book )
3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 96 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 )
3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"For many millions of Muslims there is one and only one true Koran that offers the word of Allah to the faithful. Few Muslims realize, however, that there are several Korans in circulation in the Islamic world, with textual variations whose significance, extent, and meaning have never been properly examined. Ibn Warraq, author of Virgins? What Virgins? and Why I Am Not a Muslim, has here assembled important scholarly articles that address the history, linguistics, and religious implications of these significant variants in Islam's sacred book, which call into question the claim of its status as the divinely revealed and inerrant word of the Muslim god
Warum ich kein Muslim bin by Ibn Warraq ( Book )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in German and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pourquoi je ne suis pas musulman : essai by Ibn Warraq ( Book )
3 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in French and English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Which Koran? : variants, manuscripts, & the influence of pre-Islamic poetry by Ibn Warraq ( Book )
4 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Por qué no soy musulmán by Ibn Warraq ( Book )
3 editions published in 2003 in Spanish and held by 9 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
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
Dlaczego nie jestem muzułmaninem by Ibn Warraq ( Book )
1 edition published in 2013 in Polish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Nēnu musliṃnu kānu, endukani by Ibn Warraq ( Book )
in Telugu and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
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Alternative Names
Warraq, Ibn.
Warraq, Ibn, 1946-
English (52)
German (3)
Spanish (3)
French (2)
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