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Submitted by Pied Piper (Saudi Arabia), Jan 8, 2015 at 12:38

Abou al-Fadl of UCLA along with Hatem Bazian at UC-Berkeley and Rashid Khalidi of Columbia belong to that growing cabal of bogus university acolytes who have slowly gained a foothold in academia proudly proclaiming Edward Said (of "Orientalism" fame) as their illustrious progenitor. All of them, to a man, profess the motto "It's all the fault of the West" as their underlying creed.

Khalidi authored the recent Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East. In the book Reasoning with God mentioned by Dr. Pipes in this article, two random chapters are titled: "The origins of Western Hate" (chp.5) and "The Caliphate of Humanity" (!!) (chp 12).

Do you really have to read these works to find out what they have to say? I don't. I already know exactly what they're going to say. Why waste my time?

And they really love their titles: "Distinguished" figures prominently in nearly all of them. Truth is, like fool's gold, the more the titles shine the more they really display an underlying hollowness, worthlessness and chicanery.

By no means do these three stooges round out this cabal of fanged fanaticisim. There's Ol' Man Cole out of Michigan with his "I'm alright, you're awright" "philosophy", the accommodating and fawning John L Esposito reigning at the preposterously named Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown (of all places) and several others" too numerous to mention".

What does all this mean? It means a lot of things. One of these is the degeneration of Middle Eastern studies departments throughout the country from congenial centers of research such as provided by the towering and disinterested scholarship of a von Grunebaum or Bernard Lewis into snake pits of political agitation, lies, corruption and deceit. (Future students, beware).

For a general, no-holds-barred and still relevant eye-opening introduction to the field and the area as a whole, see B. Lewis's seminal 2002 essay in "The Atlantic."

Vale


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the blind spot of anti-semitism [227 words]Charles MartelJan 28, 2015 13:21220747
"musulmanes moderados" [26 words]luciano tantoJan 18, 2015 18:13220457
Problems and solutions [72 words]Les PetersonJan 12, 2015 02:04220289
2This is soft Jihad [179 words]Charles MartelJan 11, 2015 00:05220263
2The worst enemy of Islam is not us kuffar but it is the Qur'an itself and the Islamic medieval sources [198 words]dhimmi no moreJan 9, 2015 17:12220206
6I wish you invite Khaled Abu al-Fadl and let us readers have a chat with him howls [430 words]
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dhimmi no moreJan 8, 2015 17:04220181
Calling Khaled Abu al-Fadl answer our questions please [181 words]dhimmi no moreJan 11, 2015 11:19220181
2Outing Professor Fadl [87 words]Gloria StewartJan 8, 2015 16:54220180
Just wait [52 words]JeffJan 18, 2015 11:52220180
4The Three Stooges [323 words]Pied PiperJan 8, 2015 12:38220174
4We're Better Off Without Islam [112 words]DaveJan 7, 2015 21:30220160
professors who hide the truth for the myths of this world. no wonder people are getting tired of professors ravings. [174 words]rodney allsworthJan 7, 2015 17:54220154
2Terminology I don't understand [60 words]Paul137Jan 7, 2015 14:12220148
2When do we live? [75 words]PermReaderJan 7, 2015 14:06220146
... "radical Islam is the problem, moderate Islam is the solution." [44 words]George KeselmanJan 7, 2015 09:43220142
Stealth Islamists [152 words]
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