Ibn Warraq studied Arabic and Persian at the University of Edinburgh under Professors Montgomery Watt and L.P.Elwell-Sutton respectively. After a honours degree in Philosophy from the University of London, Warraq taught for five years in primary schools in London, and then at the University of Toulouse in S.W.France.
Ibn Warraq wrote his first book, Why I am not a Muslim in 1993, but it was not published until 1995. This book was a warning to the West about the dangers of giving into the unreasonable demands of Muslims living in the West; he called the book his “war effort”.
Since 1998, Ibn Warraq has edited several books of Koranic criticism, and on the origins of Islam. (The Origins of the Koran, 1998; The Quest for the Historical Muhammad, 2000; What the Koran Really Says 2002; Leaving Islam. Apostates Speak Out, 2003.)
Mr. Ibn Warraq completed in 2007, a critical study of the thought of Edward Said, Defending the West. A Critique of Edward Said’s Orientalism, 2007,which Paul Berman, author of Terror and Liberalism, described 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.”
Which Koran? 2011, also published by Prometheus Books, was followed by a robust defence of Western Civilization, Why The West is Best. A Muslim Apostate’s Defense of Liberal Democracy, published in December, 2011 by Encounter books. In Sir Walter Scott’s Crusades and Other Fantasies (2013), Ibn Warraq argued for the legitimacy of the Crusades as a defense of Christians persecuted for centuries by Muslims and their ideology of Jihad.
Ibn Warraq is at present Senior Research Fellow at the Westminster Institute, in Virginia, and working on a new book, Islamic Terrorism and the War of Ideas. A New Marshall Plan.