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Submitted by Pied Piper (Saudi Arabia), Sep 13, 2016 at 02:42

I'll be frank. I never heard of him. Dr. Chris Bail, I mean....out of Duke U. So I'm always grateful to be alerted when a new star on the "Clash of Civilizations" horizon makes an appearance. Then if I have time, I do my own research.

Dr. Bail has an impressive resume, to be sure. I mean it. I'm not being sarcastic.....it's 6 pages long! I mean....you really should read it. You can find it online at

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Byvk0A8Ic21YMExSY1NiSFJmSlk/view

But after scrutinizing his resume quite closely, I was left with the question: Why is this guy tackling and pontificating on an Islamic issue at all? His background shows no study, affiliation, commitment , expertise, experience and so on with anything to do with "Islam" or the Middle East.

To begin with, his resume shows that his teaching duties in 2015 and 2016 consisted of courses in sociology: "Computational Sociology", "Introduction to Sociology" and so forth. Not a peep about "Islam". The very last line of his resume under the category LANGUAGES reads:
"French, Mandarin Chinese (conversational), R, Python, Stata, LaTeX"

Oh, ok. But I mean, what about, you know, something like Persian or Arabic or any of the 5 or 6 important languages that are defined by "Islam"? Not a one is present.

This reminds me of a chap that was hired by our institute. He had a PhD from a US university and his major was a redoubtable "Native American Studies". (He was hired not because of his major, by the way, but because he had a PhD and that was the crucial factor). When I innocently asked him which native American languages he could speak or had studied, I was rebuffed vociferously with "you don't have to speak an Indian language" to get an academic degree in the field.

I see.

To end: you can actually see Dr. Bail speaking on his "Terrorism" book here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQAM5cGZQPE

I dunno. He seems like a respectable enough individual. Actually, he reminds me of another sociologist, Richard Sennett. What he says sounds important but at the end of the day, it all sounds inauthentic and superficial and I leave wondering what it was all about. I can only listen to this kind of sociobabble for so long and then I doze off.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
Marxist acedemia [53 words]Pershing KassOct 3, 2016 14:23233137
1Academia hates the West more than they hate the East. [69 words]LynnSep 26, 2016 08:37233013
so true [30 words]dianne gallenSep 13, 2016 13:22232661
1Not a bright future for leftist professors. [141 words]Michael SSep 13, 2016 03:15232644
2Smoke, Mirrors and Other Sociobabble DIscourse [379 words]Pied PiperSep 13, 2016 02:42232643
7Objective criticism of Islam [497 words]PrashantSep 12, 2016 22:52232640
4i.e: "HA HA THE TERRORISTS TERRIFIED YOU, YOU WUSSIES!" [353 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
UNCLE VLADDISep 12, 2016 19:09232637
2Terrified = Terrorized [46 words]DajjalSep 15, 2016 23:09232637
3Christopher Bail and his flawed methodology [168 words]dhimmi no moreSep 12, 2016 16:25232634
So I ask once more: What is a moderate Muslim? [39 words]Daniel GurevichSep 12, 2016 15:30232633
Between what poles moderate Muslims moderate [168 words]PrashantSep 14, 2016 20:47232633
Not a proper answer [40 words]Fragonard, PxSep 15, 2016 12:40232633
4Horrible scholarship from American Academia? [168 words]dhimmi no moreSep 12, 2016 13:24232626
2The appalling Considine and jihad [238 words]ECAWSep 14, 2016 04:18232626
1Yes, Considine is Appalling. [117 words]Peter HerzSep 16, 2016 18:42232626
2Jihad means holy war The lesser jihad hadith? It is spurious [228 words]dhimmi no moreSep 17, 2016 07:32232626
2Ibn Kathir wrote that Jesus died for 3 days and was resurrected! No I'm not kidding [235 words]dhimmi no moreSep 17, 2016 07:54232626
Gibberish [1434 words]ECAWSep 19, 2016 05:42232626
1googletranslate is not Shakespeare [28 words]dhimmi no moreSep 20, 2016 06:21232626
Maybe he's only half wrong - [27 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
MarkSep 12, 2016 08:22232619
Isn't it weird.... [174 words]ECAWSep 12, 2016 03:57232603
3Mainstream Islam? [56 words]DajjalSep 12, 2016 03:09232601
1Academics Today [78 words]KateSep 12, 2016 00:34232591
What can of education did he receive? [8 words]stevenlSep 12, 2016 00:07232588
Here is the way to reverse the leftward drift of academia [242 words]Stuart FaginSep 11, 2016 22:02232577
1Terrifying: How Pro-Islamist Organizations Became Mainstream [333 words]DaveSep 11, 2016 21:56232576
1Critical theory? [93 words]donSep 11, 2016 20:13232562

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