Setting The Record Straight
Campus Watch corrects false allegations made against it.
In his article attacking critics of recently-tenured Barnard College anthropologist Nadia Abu El-Haj, Morgan Strong makes two errors: he mischaracterizes Campus Watch and our treatment of Abu El-Haj, and he is wrong in his depiction of CW founder Daniel Pipes's role in El-Haj's tenure battle.
Regarding Campus Watch, Strong, a former professor of Middle East studies at Mercy College and SUNY, wrote:
Campus Watch is not a "right-wing organization" that "attacks" professors, and we didn't "attack" Abu El-Haj. We critique Middle East studies without regard to the politics of the professors in question. We commissioned work on Abu El-Haj, and we took a critical view of her scholarship. But our critiques were fact-based and reasoned, and our concern was with the tendentious and inaccurate nature of her scholarship about the Middle East, and not with her personal politics, left or right.
Additionally, per Campus Watch policy, we did not take a position on the question of whether or not Abu El-Haj should have received tenure.
Which leads to Strong's second error. In discussing Dhaba "Debbie" Almontaser, former principal of Khalil Gibran International Academy, Strong writes:
In fact, Daniel Pipes did not lift a finger against Abu El-Haj. His involvement was limited to commissioning--in 2002--a review of Abu El-Haj's book, Facts on the Ground, for the Middle East Quarterly. That review appeared in 2003, years before Abu El-Haj's tenure battle erupted.
(Posted by Winfield Myers)
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