Middle East studies in the News
Harvard 'Peaceful Coexistence in Islam' Visiting Scholar Called Attention to 'Jewish Threat' [on Ali Akbar Alikhani]
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Ali Akbar Alikhani is an associate professor at the University of Tehran in Iran, and currently is a visiting scholar at Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
He's involved in a project "centered on 'peace and peaceful coexistence in Islam.'"
Despite the title of said project, Alikhani's work "has been critical of Israel and Zionism," which includes praise for the book The Jewish Threat-Danger to Christianity and Islam ("strong and good").
According to The Washington Free Beacon, Alikhani said the work "show[s] the quality and the method of the Jewish threat."
In one of his own academic offerings, Alikhani says that "criticism of Israel was justified because it is 'a country that from its inception was based on force, coercion, and oppression of others.'"
Sam Westrop, research director of the advocacy group Americans for Peace and Tolerance, was critical of Harvard:
"By legitimizing a die-hard regime supporter like Alikhani as a voice of Shia Islam, Harvard is betraying the thousands of authentically moderate Iranian Muslims working to free their faith from the tyranny of the violent Iranian theocracy."
Alikhani told the Free Beacon that "I have never work on Judaism or leadership [sic]."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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