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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

Iranians, Israel-Haters Dominate Pro-Nuke Deal 'Experts' Letter [incl. Hamid Dabashi, John Esposito, Rashid Khalidi, Reza Aslan]
August 27, 2015 - Breitbart News

73 Prominent International Relations Scholars Say Iran Deal Will Help Stabilize Middle East
August 27, 2015 - National Iranian American Council

Judge Reinstates Motion on Evidence in Salaita Suit
August 27, 2015 - The News-Gazette

College Professors Love the Iran Deal [incl. Reza Aslan, Hatem Bazian, Juan Cole]
August 26, 2015 - Fousesquawk

University of Illinois Officers: Reinstate Prof. Who Lost Job Offer Over Anti-Israel Tweets [on Steven Salaita]
August 25, 2015 - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

The College Professors Who Support the Iran Deal
August 25, 2015 - The Algemeiner

Faculty Leaders: Rehire Salaita
August 24, 2015 - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

At Lincoln University, the Siddique Controversy Heats Up [on Kaukab Siddique]
August 24, 2015 - Fousesquawk

Is There a Divide in the Pro-Palestinian Academic Crowd? [incl. Abdullah Antepli, Hatem Bazian, Rabab Abdulhadi, Steven Salaita]
August 24, 2015 - Fousesquawk

Protesters at Houston's Arabic Immersion Magnet School on First Day of Class
August 24, 2015 - Houston Chronicle


IPT on Lincoln Prof Kaukab Siddique's 'Incitement to Violence'

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 26 Aug 2015, 3:14 PM | Permalink

The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) analyzes Lincoln University professor Kaukab Siddique's long history of bigoted, pro-terrorist commentary, accusing him of "incitement to violence." IPT interviews Siddique's frequent target, Pamela Geller, along with Pennsylvania Senator Anthony Hardy Williams, who has called on the university to take action against the tenured professor based on possible violations of its professional conduct code.


BDS Profs vs. the Muslim Leadership Institute

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Fri, 21 Aug 2015, 2:43 AM | Permalink

Abdullah Antepli

Who would object to a program that sends American Muslims to Israel to meet with Jewish, Muslim, and Christian residents in order "to explore how Jews understand Judaism, Israel, and Jewish peoplehood"? Answer: Middle East studies professors intent on scuttling coexistence in favor of delegitimizing Israel through the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement. Today at FrontPage Magazine, Campus Watch West Coast representative Cinnamon Stillwell explains why the Muslim Leadership Institute and its co-director, Duke University's Abdullah Antepli, were declared traitors to the "cause":

Participants in the Muslim Leadership Institute (MLI), a program of the Shalom Hartman Institute (SHI) founded and directed by Duke University chaplain Imam Abdullah Antepli and author Yossi Klein Halevi, partake in two twelve-day seminars at the SHI campus in Jerusalem. The program includes visits to religious and historic sites, northern Israeli Arab communities, and the West Bank.

Since its inception in 2013, MLI has met with fierce resistance from the BDS movement, including Middle East studies professors who coauthored at least two petitions this year aimed at shutting it down.

To read the entire article, please click here.


Senator Calls on Lincoln U. to Discipline Kaukab Siddique

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 19 Aug 2015, 2:15 PM | Permalink

Democratic Pennsylvania Senator Anthony H. Williams has called on Lincoln University to conduct an inquiry into whether English professor Kaukab Siddique has violated the university's professional conduct code with his bigoted, pro-terrorist commentary. He also pointed to Siddique's Holocaust denial as "evidence of his professional incompetence." As Williams put it, "Academic freedom is certainly important, but so is academic integrity."


Lincoln Prof Kaukab Siddique Doubles Down on Bigoted Comments

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 12 Aug 2015, 4:50 PM | Permalink

Kaukab Siddique, the Lincoln University professor whose slurs against Jews, gays, and women have been garnering headlines, is doubling down on his bigotry. In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Siddique insisted that American Freedom Defense Initiative co-founder Pamela Geller, whom he'd previously classified as a "dirty Jewish Zionist thug," is a "Jewish," "white . . . supremacist," who, in organizing the "Draw Mohammed" contest in Garland, Texas earlier this year, committed "cultural genocide." He also engaged in another favorite pastime, Holocaust denial, and claimed that the U.S. military has "fallen below Hitler" in its treatment of prisoners. Just another day in the Ivory Tower.


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