Monday, September 28, 2015

The Denial of Anti-Semitism in Middle East Studies

Hat tip Campus Watch and History News Network

Campus Watch has cross-posted this piece by Jeffrey Herf in the History News Network, which points out the denial of Arab and Muslim anti-Semitism within the various university Middle East studies departments.

As Herf writes this timely piece, we see a rapid growth in Middle East studies taught almost exclusively by post colonialist, anti-Western and decidedly anti-Israel faculty. Many of these departments are funded by Saudi Arabia. The latest coming into being is the just announced Yale University Center for the study of Islamic law. This is part of a ten million dollar grant from a Saudi businessman of suspicious background. As a part-time teacher at UC Irvine, I have heard from my sources that there is an effort by a pro-Palestinian professor to set up a Middle East studies department on our campus. Just what UCI needs- an entire department established by someone with a clear agenda.

In short, Middle East studies departments on US campuses are little more than centers of indoctrination. What this has to do with honest research and scholarship is beyond me.

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