Middle East studies in the News
Former Harvard Islamic Studies Professor Blames West for Paris Attacks [on Farid Esack]
by Joel B. Pollak
Farid Esack, a former professor of Islamic Studies at Harvard University, blamed the West for the Paris attacks in a post on his Facebook page, calling them "your chickens come home to roost."
Esack, who is now a professor at University of Johannesburg and a prominent activist in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, has previously spoken at interfaith events aimed at mutual understanding.
His Facebook post, however, pulls no punches, blaming the West and Israel:
Esack's original post on Nov. 14 was edited only marginally; the Nov. 15 version is slightly more bombastic.
Ironically, Esack himself was once targeted by Islamic extremists after he defended women's right to speak at a mosque in Cape Town in the 1990s.
Previously, Esack served as Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal Professor of Contemporary Islam at Harvard University.
In 2013, Esack protested against the conferring of an honorary doctorate by the University of Johannesburg on President Barack Obama:
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