Middle East studies in the News
Professor Wants People to Wear Little Yellow Stars to Protest Trump's Muslim Stance. Just One Thing… [on Bahar Davary]
by Justen Charters
December 19, 2015
An associate professor at the University of San Diego is sparking major controversy for the way he conducted a silent protest on campus.
The professor, Bahar Davary, encouraged his students to wear little yellow stars with the word Muslim on them as a way to protest 'Islamophobia.'
Here is a picture of Davary's students wearing the badges:
Here is a close up image of the badge:
The yellow badge has a cruel history behind it as Jews were forced to wear it on their clothes by the Nazis to ID themselves:
Legal Insurrection pointed out the irony in Davary's protest: Hitler was good friends at the time with the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin Al-Husseini. Husseini was a big fan of Hitler's 'Final Solution.'
But the history goes deeper than that, as the mandatory wearing of badges or different clothing to persecute people of faith wasn't something that was started by the Nazis.
In 1215, Pope Innocent III ordered all Jews and Muslims to dress 'differently' than Christians.
During the reign of Caliph Al-Hakim in the 10th century in Egypt, Christians and Jews were forced to wear a cross or badge on black garments.
During the eight century Caliph Al-Mutawakkil of Baghdad, forced 'infidels' (Jews) to wear 'yellow headgear, yellow buttons, yellow belts, dresses and elbow pieces.'
And one of the leaders of the first Islamic Caliphate, Umar II, issued an edict to the People of the Covenant (Jews and Christians) in the 7th century that said they had to wear a yellow badge or girdle as a 'distinguishing mark.'
According to the Times of San Diego, over 100 students have worn the yellow star in protest. And Davary has criticized both Donald Trump and Ben Carson for what they've said regarding Muslims.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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