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
What's So Un-Islamic About ISIS?
From the Annals of an Israel Hater: Richard Falk Speaks
Macmillan Geography Textbook Filled With Anti-Israel Lies: "Jews Were First Modern Terrorists," Palestinian Terror Justified
CSUSB Celebrates Ten Years of Arabic Language Program [incl. Dany Doueiri and Gaby Semaan]
What Do American Schools Teach about Islam? PC or Nothing
Prominent Iranian Human Rights Activist to Teach at CSUN in the Fall [incl. Nayereh Tohidi]
Islam's "Quiet Conquest" of Europe [incl. Tariq Ramadan]
Brown U. Academic Uses Stabbing Murder of 13-Year-Old Israeli Girl to Demand Sanctions on Israel [on Nina Tannenwald]
Anti-Israel Blacklisters Complain They Are Unfairly Being Blacklisted [incl. Steven Salaita, David Palumbo-Liu, Robin D.G. Kelley]
Lecture Topples Myths About Islam in Early America [on Denise Spellberg]
By Cinnamon Stillwell | Tue, 23 Aug 2016, 12:33 PM | Permalink
In the latest Campus Watch research, appearing today at American Thinker, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary professor Ayman S. Ibrahim demonstrates that, despite Western scholars' insistence that ISIS is "un-Islamic," the terrorist group reflects a specific interpretation of Islam that is both legitimate and consistent with Muslim sacred texts and classical exegesis:
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By Winfield Myers | Tue, 2 Aug 2016, 1:48 PM | Permalink
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By Cinnamon Stillwell | Thu, 28 Jul 2016, 6:56 PM | Permalink
The report finds a direct correlation between campus anti-Semitism and the "presence of one or more faculty who have endorsed an academic boycott of Israel," which, given the large number of Middle East studies academics who are boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) supporters or organizers, serves as a strong indictment of the field.
Moreover, the report notes a sharp rise in campus incidents that "contained expression opposing the existence of Israel as a Jewish state" and, as an example, cites a March 2016 event in which San Francisco State University's Rabab Abdulhadi--a founding member of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel--proclaimed that "Zionism is racism" and "there can only be peace if Israel is defeated." It also references an event the same month sponsored by Brown University's Middle East Studies Department and featuring its director, Beshara Doumani, and Israeli Knesset member Haneen Zoabi, who declared in her keynote speech that "the main opposition to democracy [in Israel] is the definition of Israel as a Jewish state."
While faculty who help foster campus anti-Semitism hail from all disciplines, the centrality of Middle East studies academics cannot be ignored. Tasked with providing an education based on objective analysis, too many of these professors are instead contributing to a climate in which Jewish and pro-Israel students feel ignored and victimized. They claim their single-minded obsession with the world's lone Jewish state does not constitute anti-Semitism, but when that is the effect, such protestations ring hollow.
By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 27 Jul 2016, 3:46 PM | Permalink
Breitbart notes that Sherman Jackson (aka Abdal Hakim Jackson), "an Islamic fundamentalist who rejects any acceptance of homosexual sex" and who "defended jihad and pre-modern Islamic punishments," opened the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday. Jackson holds the King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture at the University of Southern California and, as Campus Watch has pointed out, he advocates implementing sharia (Islamic) law in America, including barbaric practices such as stoning, flogging, and amputation.
Of all the speakers to pick in order to prove their diversity, they found not a moderate Muslim to represent America's Muslims, but a fire-breathing Islamist who champions severe punishments of sharia.
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