Middle East studies in the News
Islam Professor Used Holocaust Symbol to Protest 'Islamophobia' [on Bahar Davary]
by Michelle Moons
University of San Diego "Islamic faith" professor Bahar Davary used yellow badges like Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust to protest "Islamophobia," triggering outrage.
The professor's version of yellow stars used a crescent moon and the word "Muslim."
Davary, an associate professor of religious studies, suggested the offensive action to students in an introduction to Islam class entitled, "Islamic Faith and Practice" according to the Times of San Diego.
The teacher suggested a parallel between the murder of millions of Jews and fear of a backlash in the aftermath of radical Islamic terror in the U.S.
Davary reportedly said, "What it symbolizes is that there have been people who have been made to be the 'other' throughout history."
The professor also lambasted 2016 GOP presidential candidates, including Donald Trump, for comments relating to Muslims, then said, "There have been anti-Muslim actions taking place. In some ways it's frightening."
Davary estimated for the Times that as of December 17 there were about 100 students and faculty members wearing the stars across campus.
Not everyone was impressed by the stunt. Holocaust survivors Max and Rose, now married, told local ABC News affiliate 10 News of the family members they lost in Nazi concentration camps and their perspective on the "Islamophobia" protest. Max called the choice to use the emblematic stars for the political statement "very distressing." Rose responded, "It's very insulting. It hurts, because we went through hell."
USD provided the following statement to 10 News:
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