Middle East studies in the News
Minnesota School Holiday Concert Includes Chants Of 'Allahu Akbar'
by Blake Neff
Some parents at a Minnesota school are upset with a choir teacher's decision to have students sing a Ramadan song that includes the words "Allahu akbar" during a holiday concert.
For a Thursday night holiday concert at Blaine High School, one of the songs chosen is "Eid un Sa'Eid," an English-language song with some Arabic words that celebrates the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The lyrics, in part, go as follows:
What rankles some parents are the repeated chants of "Allahu akbar," which means "God is the greatest" in Arabic, and is a common phrase throughout the Islamic world. In the West, though, it's best known as a battle cry for Islamic extremists (though the phrase is hardly exclusive to them).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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