Psychoanalysis, Islam, and Joseph Massad
by Cinnamon Stillwell • Mar 17, 2014 at 1:05 pm
In the latest Campus Watch research
, CW contributor Rima Greene and I report on a lecture at Stanford University from Joseph Massad, an associate professor of modern Arab politics and intellectual history at Columbia University, who attacked Western ideas about Islam while delivering a jargon-laden apologia for Islamic supremacism. It appears today at Frontpage Magazine
What do psychoanalysis, liberalism, and Islam have in common? A recent lecture at Stanford University with the curious title, "Psychoanalysis and the Other of Liberalism," purported to answer that question. Delivered by Joseph Massad, an associate professor of modern Arab politics and intellectual history at Columbia University and co-sponsored by Stanford's Abassi Program in Islamic Studies, the talk was attended by approximately a dozen graduate students who sat around a long, rectangular table with several circulated chapters of Massad's tentatively titled forthcoming book, Islam In Liberalism, in hand.
Massad began by describing his book, which he explained is not "concerned with liberal trends in Islam," but with "how Western liberalism constituted itself and, in constituting, created an object called 'Islam' as its 'Other.'"
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