Howler of the Month (archive)
"We have only just begun to comprehend the homo-nationalist and ... homo-capitalist forces of a purported secular queerness that produces coming out as a technology of Christian theological confession ... and hypercritically demands reconciliation of Islam and sexuality through those very terms."
Jasbir Puar, professor and graduate director of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, in her introduction as moderator of a webinar featuring professors and activists, "Twenty Years After 9/11: Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire," September 10, 2021. (link to source)
We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)
"Academics in U.S. universities are far more radical in many ways than the people who run some of the Arab Muslim countries."
William Jacobson, founder of the Legal Insurrection website and clinical professor of law at Cornell University, in a discussion with the Breitbart News Network about the impending vote by the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) on whether to adopt BDS as its official policy. Interview posted at SoundCloud, December 19, 2021. (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.