Middle East Forum Research Fellow Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi examines the curious opposition of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) to the New York Times and George Washington University partnering to develop a public online archive of the ISIS documents the newspaper retrieved from northern Iraq. His Campus Watch-sponsored article appears at the History News Network.
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I have a personal stake in this debate: as a researcher of Iraqi origin, I have aimed to help scholars and others with my own archive of over 1,000 ISIS documents. My work inspired Times correspondent Rukmini Callimachi, who obtained the collection for the newspaper, and I helped her verify many of the documents in question. Yet MESA has launched self-righteous fulminations against the Times and Callimachi.