Middle East studies in the News
Student Suspended for Challenging Muslim Prof Who Said Jesus' Crucifixion Never Happened [on Areeje Zufari]
by Lukas Mikelionis
A Christian student claims to have be suspended from Rollins College after calling out his radical Muslim professor's remarks on Christianity, including that Jesus's crucifixion never happened.
Marshall Polston, a 20-year-old sophomore at Rollins College in Florida, claims his Middle Eastern Humanities professor, Areeje Zufari, made multiple anti-Christian comments in class, forcing him to openly challenge her.
Other assertions alleged to have been made by the professor include her insistence that Jesus's disciples never thought of him as God.
The student, who traveled around the Middle East and has a keen interest in Muslim culture, told the Central Florida Post: "It was very off-putting and flat out odd. I've traveled the Middle East, lectured at the Salahaddin University, and immersed myself in Muslim culture for many years. Honestly, it reminded me of some of the more radical groups I researched when abroad."
"Whether religious or not, I believe even those with limited knowledge of Christianity can agree that according to the text, Jesus was crucified and his followers did believe he was divine... that he was 'God,'" he added. "Regardless, to assert the contrary as academic fact is not supported by the evidence."
According to Polston, after he challenged the radical professor in the class, she failed him on an essay and didn't offer an explanation for the poor grade.
"I was upset, understandably. I've never gotten anything less than straight A's, so I was really interested in figuring out how to possibly improve or at least understand the grade," he said.
The professor also reported the student to the "Dean of Safety" at the university and cancelled the class, claiming he made her feel "unsafe." Polston was consequently invited to the Dean of Safety's office to talk about his looming suspension and how his confrontational style with the professor was making the campus "unsafe".
Following the meeting, the student was suspended, according to a letter published in the Central Florida Post, claiming Polston isn't "permitted to attend classes or participate in college activities or privileges."
The letter also "mandates" the student to "refrain from any contact" with the professor.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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