Middle East studies in the News
College Professors Love the Iran Deal [incl. Reza Aslan, Hatem Bazian, Juan Cole]
by Gary Fouse
Cinnamon Stillwell of Campus Watch has written a report for Algemeiner in which she highlights some of the many university professors who support the Iran nuclear deal.
Iranian-born Reza Aslan, a noted apologist for radical Islam, recently spoke at UC Riverside on the topic of Islamophobia. In answer to my question during the q and a, he said that just because someone was badly treated by a Muslim is no excuse for being bigoted against Muslims. My question was whether he would dismiss Christians in Iraq and Syria as Islamophobes.
Also note the thinly-disguised anti-Semitic language of Hatem Bazian in the above article. This is a guy who reportedly told a college audience to count the number of buildings on campus with Jewish names on them. When he spoke at UC Irvine in 2010, I tried to pin him down on that as well as other reported comments, but what I got was a run around. A real credit to UC Berkeley.
Then there is Juan Cole, also the editor of the misnamed blog, Informed Comment. Last year, I saw him speak at Cal. State Long Beach, where he called British Prime Minister David Cameron a racist for telling the British public that some 400 British Muslims had left to join ISIS, a "minuscule" number according to Cole.
Given the history of these three characters, One might really wonder how much they oppose the Ayatollahs of the Iranian government-if at all.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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