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Ibn Warraq

Ibn Warraq, a name meaning son of a scribe and with strong schismatic connotations from early Islamic history, is the pseudonym of a Muslim apostate writer and teacher currently living in Europe. Among the few personal details known about his life is that he was born in 1946 in Rajkot, India to Indian-Muslim parents who soon emigrated to Pakistan, and that he studied at the University of Edinburgh under the Orientalist scholar Montgomery Watt.

Ibn Warraq has written several books, some of which are polemical and strongly inveigh against Islam, and some of which are more scholarly and gather together critical research on such topics as the origins of the Qur'an and the life of Muhammad. Since there is much in such scholarship which contradicts orthodox Muslim belief, the latter books can be seen as continuation of Ibn Warraq's mission of weakening fundamentalist Islam and promoting secular humanist values among Muslims.

Works of Ibn Warraq

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