CAMPUS WATCH, a project of the Middle East Forum, reviews and critiques Middle East studies in North America with an aim to improving them. The project mainly addresses five problems: analytical failures, the mixing of politics with scholarship, intolerance of alternative views, apologetics, and the abuse of power over students. Campus Watch fully respects the freedom of speech of those it debates while insisting on its own freedom to comment on their words and deeds.
The Latest on Campus
Middle East Studies Group Issues Statement on Discrimination [on MESA]
Student Who Disrupted UT-Austin Israel Studies Event Starred in Palestinian Free Speech Video [incl. Ami Pedahzur, Steven Salaita]
How Would Orwell Feel About Today's College Campuses? [incl. Ami Pedahzur]
CSUN Hosts Book Talk on the Struggles of Islamic Activist Group's Fight for Gender Equality
A Political Stance [incl. Zachary Lockman, Sondra Hale, Jens Hanssen, Abdel Razzaq Takriti]
UT-Austin Issues Strong Statement Supporting Professor Targeted By Anti-Israel Protesters [on Ami Pedahzur]
Eckerd College Introduces Middle East- North Africa Studies Minor
Islam: Perception is Reality? Open Forum at Mount Wachusett Community College
Remembering Iran Scholar and First Reves Center Director James Bill
Disrupting the Study of Israel on Campus [on Ami Pedahzur]
By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 25 Nov 2015, 10:38 AM | Permalink
As director of UC Berkeley's Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project, Bazian displayed the usual fear-mongering, complete with divisive, politicized rhetoric. He blamed the alleged rise of "Islamophobia" in America--a claim that FBI hate crime statistics for 2014 continue to contradict--on "a massive demographic change . . . that has made individuals still living in the 1950s uncomfortable" and to "shrinking middle class" induced "resentment."
Perhaps what's fueling resentment, if indeed it exists, are Middle East studies academics like Bazian who insist on assigning victimhood to Muslim-Americans and villainy to the West, while accusing anyone who encourages introspection and reform within Islam of being a bigot.
By Winfield Myers | Tue, 24 Nov 2015, 7:23 PM | Permalink
Kudos to Randy L. Diehl, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at UT-Austin, who is defending Prof. Ami Pedahzur, of the Inst. for Israel Studies, and the principle of free speech. Members of the Palestine Solidarity Committee disrupted a Nov. 13 lecture by guest speaker Gil-li Vardi, who was to speak on the culture of the IDF. The students are shamelessly attempting to portray themselves as victims and have filed a "civil rights" complaint with the university.
By Winfield Myers | Mon, 23 Nov 2015, 11:04 AM | Permalink
Recent comments by Jens Hanssen of the U. Toronto exemplify the type of circular reasoning employed by student protesters at Yale, Mizzou, et al. Arguing for a MESA resolution in favor of BDS, he said: "We are political by being non-political. And we are political by being political." Try this instead, Jens: We demonstrate our contempt for scholarly integrity by lying about Israel; we are an example of what's wrong with Middle East studies and, indeed, higher education in general.
By Winfield Myers | Sat, 21 Nov 2015, 1:05 PM | Permalink
We won't hold our breath waiting for Saudi-funded professors like Georgetown's John Esposito, who never tires of calling Americans "Islamophobic," to call for the release of Ashraf Fayadh or condemn their barbaric criminal justice system (much less the religious beliefs behind it).
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