October 20, 2015|Michael RubinCommentary Magazine
Many Americans who have studied World War II are familiar with the Navajo code talkers recruited by the U.S. Marines during World War II in the Pacific theater to transmit information in Navajo, a language which the Japanese did not know and which...
September 16, 2015|Michael RubinCommentary Magazine
Professor Bernard Lewis and the late Professor Fouad Ajami founded the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) eight years ago after the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), long the main professional association for...
July 01, 2015|Michael RubinAustralia/Israel Review
The Middle East is in chaos. After four years of Syrian civil war, there are now more refugees and displaced persons seeking to escape violence than at any point since World War II. Libya and Yemen are in chaos. The Islamic State has both revived
March 30, 2015|Michael RubinCommentary
The Middle East is in chaos. And while the sectarian and ideological forces which tear the region apart would exist regardless of U.S. policy, decisions made by President Barack Obama and his team of advisors have effectively thrown fuel on the fire.
December 14, 2014|Michael RubinCommentary
Much has been written here at COMMENTARY and elsewhere regarding the boycott, divest, sanction (BDS) movement, its hypocrisy, and the anti-Semitic attitudes which too often seem to motivate some of its most vocal supporters. That too many academics
December 02, 2014|Michael RubinCommentary Magazine
Martin Kramer has already written about his experience at the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), both past and present. This year's meeting ended with members voting on a resolution which: Affirms that 1) calls for institutional boycott...
October 07, 2014|Michael RubinCommentary Magazine
That the academy today has become a source of moral inversion is, unfortunately, becoming ever more clear. There are any number of examples, with the latest involving anthropologists who have announced their boycott of Israeli universities. A...
July 21, 2014|Michael RubinCommentary Magazine
Dhimmi are non-Muslim citizens of an Islamic state who are allowed to remain in exchange for paying thejizyah, a tax imposed on non-Muslims. As the Prophet Muhammad conquered a new empire, large numbers of Christians, Jews, and others found...
December 11, 2012|Michael RubinCommentary Magazine
The capacity of national security experts for self-delusion in the name of supposed sophistication has always been amazing. Some diplomats and self-professed experts suggest that Hamas is now moderate, regardless of what Khaled Meshaal says...
September 03, 2012|Michael RubinCommentary Magazine
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is a Muslim Brotherhood-inspired group which declares as its mission "to be an exemplary and unifying Islamic organization in North America" and to "advance the cause of Islam in North America." Well...