Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The Muddled Mess of Middle East Studies

I've got a new Campus Watch article up at The American Thinker on a Stanford University symposium I attended earlier this month on the "state of Middle East studies." Speakers included Columbia University's Hamid Dabashi, UC Berkeley's Minoo Moallem, and the University of Washington's Arzoo Osanloo.

The symposium ended up being a primer on all that's wrong with the field Middle East studies today. And in some respects, the results turned out to be more ridiculous than ominous. As I put it:
A paranoid fixation on imagined American and Israeli "empire"; the refusal to accept legitimate criticism; an insulated, elitist worldview; an inability to employ clear, jargon-free English; and a self-defeating hostility towards the West: these vices and more were made clear at "The State of Middle East Studies: Knowledge Production in an Age of Empire."
To read the rest, click here.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Paul said...

Cinnamon I recommend Lee Harris' " Civilization And Its Enemies " for your perusal. Daniel Pipes praised it effusively.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 9:21:00 AM  

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