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Islam: Fastest Shrinking Religion in the World (Part 2) By Ibn Warraq   PART TWO: CONVERSIONS TO CHRISTIANITY.MOROCCO In Morocco, there is also a certain amount of evidence of Muslims converting to Christianity. While the majority of Christians are foreigners, the organisation known as the Voice of the Martyrs, founded to help persecuted Christians round […]

Islam: Fastest Shrinking Religion in the World: Part 1 By Ibn Warraq   PART ONE: POPULATION AND THE TRUE NUMBER OF CONVERTS. Immediately after 9/11, many journalists in the United States and Europe came out with several glib generalisations that I found, and still find, irritating, and furthermore, I am very skeptical of the claims […]

 In Defense of Ayaan Hirsi Ali & Afshin Ellian by Ibn Warraq From New English Review, February 2011. Paul Berman’s book, The Flight of the Intellectuals, which was neglected or dismissed by many in the liberal press without its reviewers seriously engaging with its arguments, deals essentially with two matters. First, there is the unpleasant […]

John Stuart Mill and Racism by Ibn Warraq From  New English Review, January 2014. The following is an excerpt from Ibn Warraq’s book, Sir Walter Scott’s Crusades and Other Fantasies. Edward Said wrote that George Eliot was no different from John Stuart Mill and Karl Marx, “both of them seemed to have believed that such […]

The Nature of the Literary Evidence A Dialogue On Methodology [1] With Apologies To David Hume by Ibn Warraq (June 2007) “… [ A]ll we know is what we have been told. With neither artifact nor archive, the student of Islamic origins could easily become victim of a literary and linguistic conspiracy“. John Wansbrough, Res […]

The Poet Of Doubt: Omar Khayyam  by Ibn Warraq In 1859, the year that saw the first edition of Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species, there appeared The Rubaiyat of ‘Omar Khayyam, the Astronomer Poet of Persia, an anonymous translation of the quatrains of an obscure medieval Persian poet, who was better known as a […]

Islamic Antisemitism (Ibn Warraq’s Foreword to The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism, by Andrew Bostom, Amherst: Prometheus Books, 2007) ————————————————— Is Islamic antisemitism only a modern phenomenon? What of the so-called Golden Age of Islamic tolerance, above all as depicted in Islamic Spain? Here the willingness to accept the clichés of the Romantics is palpable. And […]

Islam, Middle East and Fascism by Ibn Warraq In a speech that he gave at Columbia University, Umberto Eco spelled out fourteen features that he considered were typical of Eternal Fascism (which he also calls Ur-Fascism ); adding however this explanatory detail: ” These features cannot be organized into a system; many of them contradict […]