Middle East studies in the News
A Shiite Scholar Details His Customs and Border Protection Detainment [on Hamid Dabashi]
by Omar Sacirbey
What's the scariest part about being detained by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agents? "It is the anonymity of your accusers and the total power 'it' or 'they' have over your being," wrote Hamid Dabashi, an Iranian studies professor from Columbia University, who was detained by CBP agents in South Korea while boarding a plane to New York, and details the experience in a disconcerting piece for AlJazeera.com. And how do you challenge this discriminatory behavior against Muslims? "Public awareness is the single most important course of action for us," writes Dabashi, who most recently authored "Shiism: A Religion of Protest."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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