Ibn Warraq, PhD
Senior Research Fellow, Westminster Institute
Ibn Warraq studied Arabic and Persian at the University of Edinburgh, and is the best-selling author of Why I am not a Muslim (1995). This book was a warning to the West about the dangers of political Islam and multiculturalism. Since 1998, Ibn Warraq has edited several books of Koranic criticism and on the origins of Islam, including The Origins of the Koran (1998), The Quest for the Historical Muhammad (2000), What the Koran Really Says (2002), Which Koran? (2011), and Christmas in the Koran (2014). Ibn Warraq's Defending the West. A Critique of Edward Said's Orientalism (2007) was described by Paul Berman as "a glorious work of scholarship, and it is going to contribute mightily to modernizing the way we think about Western civilization and the rest of the world." In Why the West is Best (2011), Ibn Warraq again defends Western civilization, and seeks to regain Western civilizational self-confidence and to alleviate the Western burden of guilt about slavery and colonialism pointing out that Islamic civilization was a greater slaver, greater colonialist and destroyed many cultures when it imposed Islam. The West, on the other hand, was the first to abolish slavery, and preserved and encouraged the study of non-Western cultures.