Dabashi vs. AbuKhalil
Campus Watch Director Winfield Myers has penned a blog post that ties into my recent article, "Ahmadinejad's Academics," by examining another rupture in the Middle East studies establishment in the wake of the protests in Iran. It seems Columbia University Iranian studies professor Hamid Dabashi has broken ranks with the left and in particular, fellow academic traveler, Cal State Stanislaus professor Asad AbuKhalil, on Iran. As Myers reports:
Hamid Dabashi, an Iranian specialist at Columbia University, is usually a reliable source of rabid anti-American, anti-Western, and anti-Israeli hysteria....Yet the Iranian-born Dabashi, writing in the Egyptian English-language newspaper Al-Ahram Weekly, has turned his purple prose on a fellow Middle East studies professor whose record of rants against the West equals his own: Lebanese-born Asad AbuKhalil of Cal State Stanislaus. Writing on his blog The Angry Arab, AbuKhalil asserted that an American conspiracy is behind the anti-government demonstrations in Iran...Continue reading "Give Me that Old-time Schadenfreude: Dabashi vs. AbuKhalil"