We in the West in general, and in the United States in particular, have witnessed over the last twenty years a slow erosion of our civilizational self-confidence. Under the influence of intellectuals and academics like Susan Sontag and Noam Chomsky, and destructive fashions from postmodernism to multiculturalism, the West has lost all security in its own values, and is surprisingly incapable and unwilling to defend those values against aggressive challengers across the globe.
In Why the West Is Best, Ibn Warraq, an Islamic scholar and a leading figure in Koranic criticism, offers a frank and authoritative defense of the West from the outside looking in. Warraq examines the strengths and freedoms often taken for granted in the West and contrasts them with the stunning lack of freedoms in the majority of societies in the world, tackling taboo subjects of racism in Asian culture, Arab slavery, and Islamic Imperialism along the way.
As Andrew Jackson said, “Eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.” With new trials at home and abroad, Why the West Is Best reasserts this vigilance, and tells us that the struggle for Western civilization is a fight we must win.