Middle East studies in the News
Co-Founder of America's First Accredited Islamic College Supported Iraqi Terrorists Killing American Soldiers [incl. Hatem Bazian]
by Leah Barkoukis
Last week the nation's first Muslim college was given accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, one of the handful of organizations responsible for authorizing private and public colleges and universities in the country. With this status, Zaytuna College in Berkeley, Calif., can apply for grants of all types, issue visas to international students, and allow students to transfer credits with other accredited institutions.
"Five years ago, we introduced an undergraduate liberal arts program inspired by the idea of restoring the holistic education that had been offered in the great teaching centers of Islamic civilization," co-founder and President Hamza Yusuf wrote in a statement on the school's website. "Today, Zaytuna's accreditation roots this vision in a reality recognized within American higher education. It gives our community its first accredited academic address in the United States. And we hope, God willing, that there will be more such Muslim colleges and universities to come."
As an Islamic studies adviser at UC-Berkeley and Stanford University, Yusuf has been very outspoken against Islamic extremism and drew the ire of ISIS earlier this year after denouncing the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris. The same cannot be said for Zaytuna's other co-founder, however.
Fox News reports:
"College is supposed to be a time where the free exchange of ideas is explored. America, throughout our history, has encouraged diversity of thought and the freedom to worship as one desires," Caleb Bonham, editor-in-chief of Campus Reform, told FoxNews.com
"But Students for Justice in Palestine has proven itself to be an anti-Semitic, anti-Israeli organization since its founding," he continued. "Our campuses must remain bastions of freedom of expression. I hope the founders uphold the principles of freedom that are inherent to all men and women."
Aside from the troubling reality that a school was given accreditation even with this type of leadership at the helm, it's also rather unusual that the school only offers one Bachelor of Arts—in Islamic Law and Theology.
It will be important in the years ahead to keep a close eye on Zaytuna's development.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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