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Rock, Humanitarian Causes, Political Commitment and Islam by Ibn Warraq & Raphael Ismail   From New English Review, August  2008.  The present essay is a modest preliminary survey without theoretical assumptions and even fewer grand conclusions of Western rock groups that are politically and socially committed. We were particularly interested in bands or individuals that […]

Islam & Music, Heavy Metal Islam by Ibn Warraq & Raphael Ismail From New English Review, November  2008.  Bernard Lewis was viciously attacked by Edward Said when the former declared that Classical Western Music was a “part of the inner citadel of Western culture”, and that virtually no Arabs had penetrated it, in contrast to […]

Mozart & Orientalism by Ibn Warraq From New English Review, November 2009. Western art has, in the words of Roger Scruton, “continuously ventured into spiritual territory that has no place on the Christian map,” and has done so with generosity, tolerance, affection, and a noble vision of universal humanity. Literature and music, as much as painting and […]

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