Middle East studies in the News
The Attacks on Walid Phares [incl. Juan Cole and Rashid Khalidi]
by Nathaniel Botwinick
Mario Loyola aptly describes the concerted efforts against Walid Phares, Governor Romney's choice for one of the members of his Middle East advisory committee, today on the homepage. Phares has also unfairly come under attack in Salon:
Whether Walid Phares is the best choice for Governor Romney's team is a reasonable question; however, any article that attempts to disparage someone based on possible pro-Israeli sympathies should be considered suspect. Especially considering whom Salon considers the leading lights in Middle Eastern Studies. Juan Cole and Rashid Khalidi are prominent academics who are both frequent contributors to Salon. Professor Cole has accused Israel of being a "fascist" state, while Professor Khalidi has described America as a "neo-colonial" power. Apparently this rhetorical bomb-throwing constitutes scholarship in Salon's circles. Salon has also supported former Professor Sami al-Arian, who was convicted of conspiracy to aid a terrorist organization, Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
The rest of Salon's attack on Phares can be found here.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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