Is the West Best?

March 5, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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Author Ibn Warraq, Guests Debate New Book at St. Francis

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — St. Francis College with Telos Press, Encounter Books and The New York Chapter of the National Association of Scholars will present a debate on the virtues of liberal Western Civilization compared to its Islamic rivals as expressed in author Ibn Warraq’s new book, Why the West is Best, on Wednesday, March 28, at 7 p.m. in St. Francis College’s Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture & Education.

The discussion, moderated by St. Francis College Scholar in Residence Fred Siegel, will feature Warraq, one of America’s leading scholars on the Quron and author of Virgins? What Virgins?; NYU Professor and author Paul Berman (The Flight of the Intellectuals, Terror and Liberalism); and Sohrab Ahmari of the Henry Jackson Society, a co-editor of the forthcoming Arab Spring Dreams.

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Professor Siegel, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of The Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York and the Genius of American Life organized the event and has been instrumental in bringing a number of timely and provocative events to the college. Past forums hosted by St. Francis College include “The Tension Between Catholic Schools & Charter Schools, What Happened to All the Good Men?, Is the New York Times Good for Democracy?” and “Young Voters and the 2012 Election.”

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