My head hurts after reading this article. I'm not sure what one has to do to join the demographic group called "Western intellectuals," or how someone can write a book criticizing them as a group, but I do know they seem to spend an awful lot of time talking about each other's opinions.
But that's just one part of it. The other part: the cultural friction between Enlightenment-trained Westerners and what those westerners ascribe to multi-faceted Islamic civilization and its dissenters. (I hope I got that right.) So there's a cultural relativism aspect to it that I find interesting.
Oh yeah, and the fact that an awful lot of violence has been inserted into the philosophical discourse recently, and "Western intellectuals" aren't really capable of dealing with that fact.