Joel Beinin To Head Portland State University's Middle East Studies Center?
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History professor and former president of the Middle East Studies Association, Joel Beinin, went on "extended leave" from Stanford in 2006 due to what he described as the university's "minimal institutional interest in the study and teaching of the modern Middle East." Since that time, Beinin has been serving as director of Middle East Studies at the American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt.
But was it scholarly concerns or mounting criticism that caused Beinin to leave Stanford for AUC? In a 2006 interview with Egypt Today, Beinin was portrayed as a victim of "conservative reaction" on the part of Middle East Forum director Daniel Pipes, Islam scholar Martin Kramer, and others for being "a staunch critic not only of American policy in the region, but of the state of Israel itself." The interview went on to note that Beinin, after "having fought his fair share of battles," was "ready to settle into...a more comfortable life in Egypt's capital."
Now, it seems, Beinin may be heading back to the U.S...