“Ibn Warraq is a hero of mine, and it is shameful that he and his writings have not been recognized for their scholarship, courage, and relevance. Ever since Leon de Winter gave me Ibn Warraq’s book Why I am Not a Muslim I have cherished it. It has had a profound influence on me, and gave me courage in my own work and activities. His subsequent books have defended Western civilization and have reminded us what we are fighting for. Ibn Warraq deserves our attention and thanks.”
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Activist and Author of Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations (2010) and Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now (2015)
Welcome to the official Ibn Warraq website, where you will find a guide to my books and articles. I was prompted to create my own website by the existence of impostors on the internet who pretend to be Ibn Warraq. Here is what I wrote on this problem a few years ago:
“…I am forced to address a problem that I have ignored for many years. There are many unscrupulous people on the Internet- on chat rooms, Twitter, and, above all, Facebook- pretending to be Ibn Warraq, speaking as Ibn Warraq, making comments and analyses in the name of Ibn Warraq. May I take this opportunity to state clearly that I, Ibn Warraq, author and editor of Why I am not a Muslim, Defending the West, Why the West is Best, and seven other books, do not have any Facebook or Twitter account, that I have never participated in any discussions in “chat-rooms”. I do not have an “official Ibn Warraq Website” either [ I do have one now, May 2015, of course]. If you need to know the opinions of Ibn Warraq, read his books, and his occasional articles in the press (Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Die Welt, Der Spiegel, and so on) and even rarer articles on the Internet at New English Review, National Review Online, and Jihad Watch.
“The entry on Ibn Warraq on Wikipedia poses problems of another kind: partial quotes, and general tendentiousness. We have all used the Wikipedia at one time or another- it is a useful tool for quick reference. But it is to be used with discretion, and cannot be considered a source for serious works of scholarship, at least not without cross-references, and not without recourse to original or more reputable sources. Unfortunately, far too many people take Wikipedia as a scholarly source of information, when, in fact, its various entries, manned by ill-informed and vindictive zealots, are of uneven quality, and many are inaccurate and biased. I hope eventually the public will gain maturity and realise that it cannot believe or rely on everything they read on Wikipedia. At any rate, to counter its hostility I assembled, a few years ago, a number of positive reviews of my books form eminent scholars, and they can now be viewed in my book Virgins?What Virgins? And Other Essays in the chapter entitled “Apologia Pro Vita Sua”. My works have drawn the approval of such intellectuals and scholars as Christopher Hitchens, Roger Scruton, Douglas Murray, Bernard Lewis, Christoph Luxenberg, Chase Robinson, Claude Gilliot, Pierre Larcher, and many others.
I am a fellow at the Westminster Institute, Fairfax, Virginia, USA, a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, and a contributing editor to The New English Review, and on the Advisory Board of Project Reason: Spreading Science and Secular Values.
My first book, Why I am not a Muslim, was published in 1995; it was seen by me as my “war effort”, since it argued passionately for Western values , which, I felt, were under threat from the totalitarian ideology of Islam. The growing number of Muslims in the West, instead of assimilating or integrating, demanded ever more concessions from a culture no longer certain of its own values and worth. I pointed out that the West’s broadly liberal values are incompatible with the Sharia, or Islamic Law, which Muslims were eager to impose on the rest of the world.
Leaving behind polemics of my first book, I have moved in two parallel but, I hope, more scholarly directions: first, there were anthologies of Koranic Criticism, such as my What the Koran Really Says which was favorably reviewed in The Times Literary Supplement, by Dr. Chase Robinson, formerly of the University of Oxford ; and, second, a defense of Western civilization and values, in works such as Why the West is Best and Defending the West . Of the latter Paul Berman wrote: “Ibn Warraq’s [book] is 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.”