Why the West is Best: A Muslim Apostate's Defense of Liberal Democracy

Why the West is Best:  A Muslim Apostate's Defense of Liberal Democracy.  By Ibn Warraq.  New York:  Encounter Books, 2011.  286 pp.  $23.95. The pseudonymous ex-Muslim Warraq has turned his broad intellect and articulate writing to a defense of the Western civilization so wholeheartedly embraced by this British-educated, South Asian-American immigrant.  Warraq begins his analysis with an admiring discussion of his adopted home New York City, a "concrete definition of Western civilization" with its millions of heterogeneous citizens flourishing in a mutually enriching, efficient cosmopolitan metropolis.  Warraq then examines the superiority of Gotham's underlying Western ideals and institutions with respect to other cultures, and particularly to Islam. Warraq's ultimate conclusion is that the "West has succeeded because of an insatiable curiosity that has fueled countless experiments and innovations" in all fields of human endeavor, from art to...(Read Full Post)