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.
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New Campus Watch Resource: Professors to Avoid
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By Winfield Myers | Fri, 1 Jul 2016, 1:27 PM | Permalink
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By Winfield Myers | Mon, 27 Jun 2016, 11:33 AM | Permalink
Having lost a June 6 vote by members to enact a boycott of Israeli institutions by 2,423 against and 2,384 in favor, the leadership of the American Anthropological Assoc. has kept its promise to issue a statement of censure against the Israeli government. Perhaps its time for the AAA's members to enact in their own Brexit and leave this corrupt, increasingly marginalized organization in order to form a new, more perfect union.
By Winfield Myers | Thu, 23 Jun 2016, 3:41 PM | Permalink
Campus Watch announces a new resource for its readers: Professors to Avoid. CW is often asked which professors are most responsible for the politicization and bias sadly endemic to Middle East studies. Given the discipline's decline, compiling an inclusive list would be futile. Hundreds of names could be credibly included, but even such a list would surely omit some while failing to highlight those most responsible for the field's general decline into a mockery of academe's purpose and aspirations.
In this spirit, we have selected those professors whose biases, ahistorical claims, apologetics, willful blindness, intolerance of opposing views, and mixing of politics and scholarship mark them as the most egregious offenders of the high standards to which faculty should be held. The permanent link is under the "Resources" tab on the CW homepage.
By Cinnamon Stillwell | Tue, 14 Jun 2016, 5:23 PM | Permalink
As Campus Watch noted at the time, one of them, University of Southern California professor Sherman Jackson is on record advocating the implementation of Sharia (Islamic) law in America. Others, including former Georgetown U. adjunct Dalia Mogahed and Zaytuna College (an Islamic school in Berkeley, CA) founders Hamza Yusuf, Zaid Shakir, and Hatem Bazian (of UC Berkeley), have acted as apologists for Sharia and Islamic terrorism, while advocating an anti-Western, anti-Israel agenda that employs charges of "Islamophobia" to silence legitimate criticism. The primary organizations constituting the Islamist lobby in the U.S. (CAIR, ISNA, MAS, etc.) also endorsed the statement.
As with the 2014 open letter drafted by Islamic scholars that denounced ISIS while remaining ambiguous on crucial theological points, we have to ask, can such a statement be considered sincere if its signatories are Islamists?
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