Curriculum Vitae                                                                  

EDUCATION:

  • University of Edinburgh: M.A. Arabic, Persian, Art History:1966-1969                                                                                                      
  • University of London: Graduate Certificate in Education with Distinction:1973-1974
  • University of London: B.A.Honours: Philosophy, Upper Second: 1974-1978                                     

EMPLOYMENT:                 

  • Westminster Institute, Virginia. Senior Fellow, 2011- Present
  • Foundation for the Defence of Democracies. Research Fellow 2010-2011
  • Council for Secular Humanism. Research Fellow on Islam,2005-2009                          
  • University of Toulouse Lecturer, Dept. English  1989-1999                                         
  • Fram Voyages, French Speaking Travel Guide to India, China, 1986-1989
  • Restaurant: Shakuntala Own Business (Toulouse, France)1982-1985                                       
  • Monega Junior School (Primary) English Language Specialist (London, U.K.)1979-1981
  • Marlborough School (Primary) Class Teacher (London,U.K.)1974-1977  


SELECTED PAPERS DELIVERED AT CONFERENCES
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May 4th, 1997:    The Coalition For The Defense of Human Rights Under Islamization. Washington D.C. USA:  Human Rights Under Islam

May 28, 1997:     Center for Inquiry (Amherst, NY): Islamic Fundamentalism.

February, 2006:  Pim Fortuyn Conference at the Hague, Netherlands: How to Reform Islam.

June, 2006: The Engelsberg Seminar 2006. Avesta Manor, Sweden: Identity, Culture, Reason and the West.

May, 2007: Cambridge Union. Cambridge University, U.K. : On Edward Said.

October, 2007. Debate Intelligence Squared [London, U.K.] Defending Western Values: Debating Tariq Ramadan.

November, 2014, Yale University. The War of Ideas.

 

BOOKS:

  1. Why I am Not a Muslim, Prometheus Books, Amherst, N.Y., 1995

Translations:

1.1.   Telegu (S.Indian Language)   1996

1.2.   Farsi (Persian language)         1998

1.3.   French                                     1999

1.4.   Italian                                      2002

1.5.   Spanish                                    2003

1.6.  Norwegian                               2003

1.7.   German                                    2004

1.8.   Danish                                      2004

1.9.   Czech                                        2005

1.10.  Polish                                       2008

 

  1. The Origins of the Koran, Prometheus Books, Amherst, N.Y.1998
  2. The Quest for the Historical Muhammad, Prometheus Books, 2000
  3. What the Koran Really Says, Prometheus Books, 2002
  4. Leaving Islam. Apostates Speak Out, Prometheus Books, 2003
  5. Defending the West. A Critique of Edward Said’s Orientalism. Prometheus Books, 2007    
  6. Virgins? What Virgins? And Other Essays. Prometheus Books, 2010.
  7. Which Koran? Prometheus Books, Amherst, N.Y. 2011
  8. Why the West is Best. Encounter Books, NY. 2011.
  9. Koranic Allusions, Prometheus Books, 2013
  10. Sir Walter Scott’s Crusades and Other Fantasies, New English Review, 2013
  11. Christmas in the Koran, Prometheus Books, 2014
  12. [ Article: Ibn Warraq.“Apologists of Totalitarianism: From Communism to Islam”, in Ed. Paul Hollander, Political Violence. Belief, Behavior, and Legitimation, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. [Unofficial festschrift for Robert Conquest]

 

SELECTED ARTICLES:

Free Inquiry.Amherst,NY, Vol.12 No.4 ,1992  Why I Am Not A Muslim.

Le Figaro (Paris, France) October 1, 2001.   Towards a Vatican II of Islam [In French]

Marianne (Paris, France) September 24, 2001. Islamic Fundamentalism. [In French]

Guardian (London, U.K.) November 10, 2001.   Honest Intellectuals Must Shed TheirTurbans.

Guardian (London,U.K.) January 12, 2002.       Virgins? What Virgins?

Courrier International No.591,February 28, 2002.   An Original Interpretation of the Koran [In French]

Politique Internationale No.95 ( Paris, France) Spring ,2002 .     Against Militant Islam [In French].

Die Welt (Germany) February 6, 2003.    Is Islam Reformable? [In German]

Die Welt (Germany) March 13, 2003.   Virgins for Martyrs? [In German]

Wall Street Journal. September, 29, 2003.  Orientalism.

Der Spiegel,  Democracy in a Cartoon. 3 Feb, 2006

City Journal. (New York). On Tariq Ramadan. 2007.

City Journal. Why the West is Best. Winter, 2008. Vol. 18. No.1

Standpoint (London), January, 2009. On Becoming English.

Literary Review (London) March, 2009. Bridging the Divide. A Review of Allawi,  The Crisis of Islamic Civilization.

INTERVIEWS:

Le Figaro, (Paris) October, 2001.   Ibn Warraq Castigates Western Intellectuals.

The Religion Report (Australian Radio) 10 Oct. 2001.  Islam and Terrorism.

Le Matin (Switzerland) 14 October, 2001.  Ibn Warraq and Islam

New York Times, 2 March, 2002. A.Stille.   New Research on the Koran

Star-Ledger, New Jersey. 20 May, 2002.  Intellectuals are failing the West

Washington Times, 13 April, 2003.   Islamic Reformation

The Religion Report, (Australian Radio) 2 July 2003.    Apostasy.

Boston Globe, 17 August 2003. Lee Smith. Losing His Religion.

Washington Times, 20 Oct. 2003.  Fear of Islam

The Times (London) 5 February, 2005.  Apostasy

Washington Times, 17 March, 2006.   An Ignored Manifesto.

The Economist, 24 Nov., 2012.  No God, Not Even Allah.

 

AT THE UNITED NATIONS, GENEVA.

Ibn Warraq.    “Apostasy, Human Rights, Religion and Belief” .

                        At a panel discussion held at the 60th Session of the UN Commission

                        on Human Rights in Geneva on April 7, 2004.

Ibn Warraq.     Statement on Apostasy. Plenary Session: the 60th Session of the

                        UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva on April 6, 2004.

Ibn Warraq.     Apostasy. April 18, 2005

AT THE HOUSE OF LORDS (BRITISH PARLIAMENT)

Ibn Warraq.  One Law for All. No to Sharia. December, 2008.

SELECTED REVIEWS:

Daniel Pipes, Weekly Standard January 22, 1996. Review of Why I Am Not a Muslim.

Jansen, J.J.G. ( Professor at the University of Leiden ). Ibn Warraq: Was Mohammed een Leugenaar. HP/De Tijd., 4 April, 1997, pp. 44-47. Professor Jansen’s positive review of Why I Am Not A Muslim in the Dutch weekly, HP/ De Tijd.

Chase Robinson: The Times Literary Supplement (London, U.K.) 12 September, 2003

Leading Oxford University Scholar reviewing very favourably Ibn Warraq’s What the Koran Really Says in the most famous English-language  literary journal in the world.

M.Swartz, Professor at Boston University, reviewing very favourably Ibn Warraq’s The    Quest for the Historical Muhammad: Choice October 2000.

Claude Gilliot. Review of Why I Am Not a Muslim; The Origins of the Koran; The Quest for the Historical Muhammad, in Arabica , tome XLVII, 2000, pp. 566-571.

Professor at the University of Aix-en-Provence, France, reviewing very favourably  three of Ibn Warraq’s works in the leading French journal of Islamic Studies, Arabica  (Paris, France)

Robert Irwin: The Times Literary Supplement (London, U.K.).  May, 2008. Review of Defending the West.


AWARDS:

2008: The Free Press Society [Denmark] [ Trykkefrihedsprisen 2008 til Ibn Warraq] awarded to intellectuals who have “fearlessly and indefatigably defended free speech”.


BIO FOR THE PRESS:

Ibn Warraq, a leading figure in Koranic criticism, is the author of eight pioneering books on Islam and Koranic criticism, including the classic Why I am Not a Muslim, 1995. Other titles are 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, Virgins? What Virgins? And Other Essays, 2010; Which Koran?, 2011,  Koranic Allusions, 2013, and Christmas in the Koran, 2014. Warraq’s op-ed  pieces have appeared in the Wall Street Journal in America and The Guardian in London, and he has addressed distinguished governing bodies all over the world, including the United Nations in Geneva, and Members of the Dutch Parliament, at The Hague. Mr. Ibn Warraq completed in 2007, a critical study of the thought of Edward Said, Defending the West, 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”.  He defended  Western Values in a publice debate with Tariq Ramadan in London in 2007,  and in his subsequent book, Why the West is Best, Encounter Books, NY, 2011. Ibn Warraq’s Sir Walter Scott’s Crusades and Other Fantasies, 2013 contains a passionate defence of Israel.

 

PRESENT PROJECTS :

  1. A Defence of Western Values: continue, deepen, my research begun in “Defending the West”, and bring it to a wider audience in more popular books.
  2. Philological and Historical Research into the Origins of Islam and the Koran, working with a team of German scholars at the University of Saarland.
  3. Cultural and Political Commentary on Current Affairs.
  4. University Curricula: need for reform.
  5. The Crusades.
  6. Non-western [institutions of] Slavery, e.g. Islamic Slavery.
  7. Non-Western Imperialism.
  8. How to regain Civilizational self-confidence.
  9. To relieve the burden of Western guilt.

 

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