Thursday, December 30, 2010

Campus Watch Report on UCLA Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl

Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl

Are you ready for another university Middle East Studies professor? Campus Watch is featuring a report on a speech by UCLA professor Khaled Abou El Fadl on the subject of Shariah and what it means for the West. The article is written by Cinnamon Stillwell and my friend Eric Golub (of Tygrrrr Express). The last time Eric attended a lecture at UCLA, a Middle East studies professor told him he "had his Zionist hat screwed on too tight". (Eric is Jewish.)

Well, what's a professor if he can't ignore the supposed thesis of his talk? According to Campus Watch, Fadl's real thesis was to go after all those "Islamophobes" out there who have criticized shariah law and don't think it would be a great idea in the US. Apparently, he neglected to tell the audience what Shariah is all about and what kind of impact it has or would have on the West.

Such is what passes for education in academia these days. Whatever happened to the good old lesson plan?

But if you really want to put it in perspective, take a gander at this video produced by Stand With Us. It was filmed at good old UCLA.

There you go. These must be students in Professor Fadl's class.


Siarlys Jenkins said...

The article you link to is as clear as mud. It appears that El Fadl is not the most lucid or thoughtful lecturer available. All the others cited are clearly people with an ax to grind and more hysteria than knowledge of what they are talking about -- sort of like the nativist tracts about the horrors perpetrated in nunneries in Quebec.

"It's exciting for me, but it's rarely exciting for people who do not relish medieval legal discourses ... to say the least it's a rather odd position to suddenly find Shariah jumping into public discourses in the West." That makes a great deal of sense to me. It can also be turned on the few, but strident, Muslim voices trying to make shariah into some sort of effective legal code.

Gary Fouse said...

"Nativist tracts about.....nunneries in Quebec"?


Siarlys Jenkins said...

Ah, we agree that nobody is saying anything lucid. I suppose that is progress, sort of like agreeing that hummus is healthy. Personally, I don't like eating any kind of soil.

That survey you added is amusing, but hardly grist for the mill of Hamas. All these years they've tried to become a dominant political and military force, and these kids thing they're a spread?

You know - you teach at a UC campus - that most of these kids couldn't name all 50 U.S. states, or tell you the number of the amendment that protects freedom of religion, speech, and assembly, or what century the Civil War was fought in... much less anything about Israel. They obviously never went to Sunday School.

Gary Fouse said...

"They obviously never went to Sunday School."

No but they went to UCLA. Don't you see the connection between the video and the professor?

Siarlys Jenkins said...

No, because blatant ignorance does not rise to the level of imbibing propaganda. These kids haven't been mis-taught, they are not clinging tenaciously to obvious lies, they simply don't know.