Category Archives Israel, Jews, Antisemitism

Islamic Antisemitism by Ibn Warraq (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. […]

Sir Walter Scott, Jews and Saracens, and Other Sundry Subjects by Ibn Warraq From New English Review, May 2009.  PART ONE Edward Said, the late Professor of Comparative Literature at Columbia University, has, in his influential Orientalism, a characteristically shallow, sneering aside on Sir Walter Scott, and, in particular, on his novel, The Talisman:   […]

Sir Walter Scott’s Treatment of Jews in Ivanhoe by Ibn Warraq   From New English Review, July 2009.  It was argued by Leon Poliakov and others[1] that the portrait of Isaac the Jew in Ivanhoe is generally an unfavourable one, indeed an unflattering stereoptype derived from The Merchant of Venice and Marlowe’s The Jew of […]

George Eliot, Daniel Deronda, & Zionism: Some Observations by Ibn Warraq   From New English Review, December 2009. Part One: A. George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda was first published in 1876, and proved to be her last novel. The novel begins in August 1865, and is thus set in, and a searching analysis of, the Victorian society […]

British Zionism by Ibn Warraq   From New English Review, January 2010 George Eliot’s advocacy of Palestine as a homeland for the Jews must, of course, be seen against the background of Nineteenth Century Britain’s “Restorationism” as Zionism was then termed, as well as the Nineteenth Century German and Italian national liberation movements. Eliot’s novel […]

Charlotte Elizabeth and the Restoration of the Jews by Ibn Warraq  From New English Review, February 2010. George Eliot is usually considered the first novelist to have discussed “Zionism,” that is the restoration of the Jews to Palestine, inDaniel Deronda, which was published in 1876. Perhaps we should now change that to “the first distinguished […]

Ibn Warraq on the Jews of the Maghreb  A review of Paul B. Fenton & David G.Littman L’exil Au Maghreb. La Condition Juive Sous L’islam 1148-1912. [Presses De L’université Paris-Sorbonne] Paris, 2010. 792pp. Illustrated [Black and White Photos and Color Plates].Maps. List of  Illustrations. Bibliography. Glossary [of Hebrew and Arabic Terms], Index of Names, Index of Places, […]

Sir Walter Scott, the Jews and Saracens[1], with digressions on blacks and Jews in Britain, and other sundry subjects. PART ONE  Edward Said, the late Professor of Comparative Literature at Columbia University, has, in his influential Orientalism, a characteristically shallow, sneering aside on Sir Walter Scott, and, in particular, on his novel, The Talisman:   […]

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