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Kaukab Siddique

"To assure its audience that [The Daily] Beast was doing a good job, it also brought in the five year old story that I am a Holocaust Denier. . . . Dear Beast, I am not a scholar of the Holocaust story, but specialists like [published Holocaust deniers] Germar Rudolf, David Irving, Prof. [Arthur] Butz, Bradley [Smith] and many others have studied the Jewish claims. If Beast has not read any of them, don't try to engage with me. I have."

Kaukab Siddique, an English professor at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, attempting to rebut a Daily Beast article on his anti-Semitic, anti-gay, sexist Facebook commentary and, in the process, his history of Holocaust denial; New Trend Magazine, July 22, 2015. (link to source)

We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)

Bernard Haykel

"[I]n the Western social sciences, there's a holy trinity that tries to explain all social phenomena through the lens of one of three analytical categories: race, class, and gender. . . . And I often see many colleagues who want to push very hard against the idea that ISIS is a religious movement or that Islam has anything to do with the Islamic State. . . . [I]f you look at the cultural production, the intellectual production, the legal and theological production of ISIS, which is plentiful on the Web, there is no question that this is a movement that's drawing on a very particular strain or trend within the Islamic intellectual history, legal history, theological history."

Bernard Haykel, professor of Near Eastern studies and director of the Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia at Princeton University, speaking at the Ethics & Public Policy Center's May 2015 Faith Angle Forum; "The Islamic State: Understanding its Ideology and Theology," May 3-5, 2015. (link to source)

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The Latest on Campus

Fact Check: A Data-Driven Response to Professor Who Says America is More 'Brutal' Than ISIS [on Deepa Kumar]
July 31, 2015 - The College Fix

Breitbart's Gorka Takes Down Marxist, Terror-Supporting Professor on Fox and Friends [on Deepa Kumar]
July 30, 2015 - Breitbart

Rutgers Professor Compares US to ISIS [on Deepa Kumar]
July 30, 2015 - Fousesquawk Blog

Rutgers Professor Who Helped Run Condoleezza Rice Off Campus Complains That Fox News Dissed One of Her Tweets [on Deepa Kumar]
July 29, 2015 - Independent Women's Forum

Targeted for Tweets [on Deepa Kumar]
July 29, 2015 - Inside Higher Ed

Lincoln University's Kaukab Siddique Targets 'Dirty Jewish Zionist White Supremacist Thugs' In Letter
July 29, 2015 - The Global Dispatch

Is Lincoln University Newspaper Overlooking Professor Kaukab Siddique?
July 28, 2015 - Fousesquawk Blog

Rutgers Univ Professor: 'The U.S. Is More Brutal Than ISIS' [on Deepa Kumar]
July 28, 2015 - Fox News

Indoctrination U: Anti-Israel Bully Professors
July 27, 2015 - Fousesquawk Blog

The Professor's Nutty Comments [on Kaukab Siddique]
July 27, 2015 - My9NJ News


Rutgers Prof Deepa Kumar Criticized for ISIS Tweet; Complains of 'Death Threats'

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Fri, 31 Jul 2015, 7:01 PM | Permalink

Deepa Kumar

Another Middle East studies academic is in the news for exposing her radical views to the public via social media. Deepa Kumar, an associate professor in media and Middle Eastern studies at Rutgers University, has been roundly criticized for tweeting in March, "Yes ISIS is brutal, but US is more so, 1.3 million killed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan." (For a detailed analysis of this oft-repeated, inflated death toll, click here.)

Following Breitbart contributor and Marine Corps University Chair of Military Theory Sebastian Gorka's appearance this week on Fox and Friends to discuss Kumar's tweet, the professor claimed to have received "hate mail" and "death threats," which, if true, is lamentable, but merely means she's experiencing the reality of being in the public eye. Moreover, given the proclivity of Middle East studies academics for making false death threat claims, one should be skeptical about her story. Charlotte Allen, writing for the Independent Women's Forum, adds some perspective by suggesting that, "about those death threats, she ought to ask . . . Pamela Geller. (Speaking of Kumar's pals at ISIS.)."

Faced with the horror of outside criticism, Kumar complained to Inside Higher Ed that her work was "taken out of context" and "distorted" as part of an organized campaign to "silence and intimidate faculty who have dissenting opinions on the U.S. government and policies in the Middle East." Given that Kumar bragged that she and other leftist activists "won" when Condoleezza Rice withdrew from a planned 2014 commencement address at Rutgers, her attempt to don the mantle of victim is as farcical as her protestations.


'Student Voices' Exposes Anti-Semitism in the College Classroom

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Sun, 26 Jul 2015, 10:23 PM | Permalink

M. Shahid Alam

The testimonials of more than 100 students from almost 50 colleges and universities in twenty states tell of "being intimidated, harassed or bullied as a Jewish and/or a pro-Israel student," according to Student Voices, a project of the AMCHA Initiative. In the latest Campus Watch research, appearing today at the Algemeiner, CW West Coast representative Cinnamon Stillwell focuses on the students' less-than-pleasant encounters with Middle East studies academics, such as M. Shahid Alam, Saree Makdisi, and Steven Salaita:

For example, students at Northeastern University in Boston recount classroom bias and intimidation by M. Shahid Alam, an economist whose research interests include Islamic civilization and Zionism, and who once declared it "a sign of distinction" to be called an anti-Semite.

To read the entire article, please click here.


Lincoln U.'s Kaukab Siddique: Jews 'Rabid Dogs,' ISIS Atrocities Mere 'Propaganda'

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Fri, 24 Jul 2015, 12:45 PM | Permalink

Kaukab Siddique

Kaukab Siddique, the Pakistan-born Lincoln University English professor, is under fire for the bigoted and radical commentary on his publicly available Facebook page. As reported by the Daily Beast, his writings include rants about "dirty Jewish Zionist white supremacist thugs," the "homo lobby," "American women" being "slaves of rich men," and "many women" being "sluts."

A member of the Baltimore-based Islamist group Jamaat al-Muslimeen (Assembly of Muslims), Siddique is notorious both for his Holocaust denial and calls at a 2010 Washington, DC rally to "destroy" and "dismantle" Israel.

In addition to anti-Semitic, anti-gay, and sexist comments, Siddique claimed that, "no American Muslim is a terrorist" and told the Daily Beastregarding ISIS's well-documented rape and sexual slavery of Yazidi and other women, "I need evidence that anything was done to Yazidis." On Facebook he wrote, "Gradually Muslims will realize that the atrocity stories against ISIS are propaganda."

Daniel Greenfield of FrontPage Magazine has pointed out numerous instances of Siddique's open support for ISIS, including a Facebook postafter the shooting at the "Draw Muhammad" contest in Garland, Texas that read, "Two of ISIS [sic] gave their lives for the honor of the Prophet, pbuh." He also decried the fact that the U.S. is "bombing the Islamic state," while elsewhere defending the late al-Qaeda recruiter—and reported inspiration for Chattanooga shooter Mohammod Abdulazeez—Anwar al-Awlaki.

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No Jihad Here: Middle East Studies Profs on Chattanooga Shooting

By Winfield Myers | Thu, 23 Jul 2015, 11:57 AM | Permalink

Reza Aslan

At FrontPage Magazine today, Campus Watch director Winfield Myers takes a look at reactions to the Chattanooga shooting by professors of Middle East studies and finds plenty of obfuscation, equivocation, and denial. What he doesn't find is a close analysis of Abdulazeez's clear motive: jihad.

Less than one week after the slaughter in Chattanooga, Tennessee of four U.S. Marines and one sailor by Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, a Kuwaiti-born Islamist who grew up in suburban Chattanooga, a pattern has emerged in Middle East studies scholars' analyses of the shooting: obfuscation of any Islamist or jihadi motives accompanied by efforts to depict Abdulazeez as one among many troubled killers whose recent actions have shocked the country. No specialized knowledge of the Middle East is required for such politicized and misleading analyses, and none is evident in the examples that follow.

To read the rest of this essay, please click here.


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