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The Three Stooges

Reader comment on item: UCLA's Embarrassment: Prof. Abou El Fadl

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."



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