Howler of the Month (archive)

"I think what we have to deal with in the case of Iran is that it's a developing democracy where the majority of the population being under 30 years old are voting for a moderate candidate. . . . [B]eing an ancient and proud civilization and being a democracy in progress, when their hard-line ruler says, 'We have no interest in nuclear weaponry and please bring the United Nations and bring the global powers and verify that we're not developing nuclear weaponry' — I think this represents an extraordinary opportunity for anybody in the world that would like to see a path other than warfare and destruction."

Omid Safi, Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University and Director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center, in an interview with Public Radio International's (PRI) "The World"; May 30, 2019. (link to source)

We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)

"There has been an exponential growth of tenured positions and well-funded Middle East Studies departments. But this trend has fostered a new orthodoxy of opinion about the subject. Far from a bastion of impartial study, these departments became a preserve of those devoted to whitewashing radical Islam, bashing Israeli policies, critiquing and undermining support for Zionism, and supporting the Palestinian Arab war to destroy the Jewish state. In Mideast studies, only one point of view about Israel is welcome."

Jonathan Tobin, Jewish News Syndicate (JNS) editor-in-chief, in "Is There Room in the Academy for Honest Scholarship on Israel?"; JNS, May 23, 2019. (link to source)

CAMPUS WATCH, a project of the Middle East Forum, reviews and critiques Middle East studies in North America with an aim to improving them. The project mainly addresses five problems: analytical failures, the mixing of politics with scholarship, intolerance of alternative views, apologetics, and the abuse of power over students. Campus Watch fully respects the freedom of speech of those it debates while insisting on its own freedom to comment on their words and deeds.