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Fake Scholarship is No Less a Threat than Fake News

Fake Scholarship is No Less a Threat than Fake News

Originally published under the title “Nine Errors in Three Pages.” Here we go again: Another professor dealing with the Middle East or Islam who can’t get basic facts right. This time, it’s one Todd H. Green, associate professor of religion at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and author of The Fear of Islam: An Introduction […]

Prominent Mideast Studies Profs Sexually Harassed Students

The famously self-righteous field of Middle East studies, which lambasts outside criticism as “censorship” and condemns America, Israel, and the West while lauding Islamists, now finds itself on the defensive. Two of its leading lights, the University of California, Berkeley’s Nezar AlSayyad and the University of California, Los Angeles’s Gabriel Piterberg, have been accused of […]

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Trump’s Choices in the Middle East

This article contains a paragraph cut from the originally published version. All 177 foreign embassies located in Washington, D.C. are no doubt attempting to read the tea leaves and figure out what President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy will look like. But his inconsistencies and contradictions render this nearly impossible. Therefore, rather than speculate, I’ll focus […]

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As Trump Charts New Mideast Policy, White House Contemplates Sabotage

Originally published under the title “Trump Is No Obama on Middle East Policy.” After their first meeting, with cameras broadcasting their every word across the globe, President Obama turned to Donald Trump and pledged “to do everything we can to help you succeed.” Media outlets across the spectrum fawned over his magnanimity. Guess again. Washington […]

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Religious Intolerance in the Gulf States

Interest in the state of Middle East Christians has largely focused on the quality of their lives in the Levant, Egypt, and Southern Sudan, predominantly Christian areas before the rise of Islam that still contain sizeable Christian minorities. By contrast, little attention has been paid to Christians in the Arabian Peninsula, which had no indigenous […]

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A Middle East Studies Legend Turns 100

This article appeared in a National Review Online symposium celebrating Bernard Lewis. The historian Bernard Lewis celebrates his 100th birthday today. Three quotes establish his career. Martin Kramer, a former student of Lewis, sums up his teacher’s accomplishments: Bernard Lewis emerged as the most influential postwar historian of Islam and the Middle East. His elegant […]

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MEF backgrounders highlight select news-relevant research and analysis from Middle East Forum staff, fellows, and publications. Sign up to the MEF mailing list to stay abreast of our work. On May 31, Middle East Forum President Daniel Pipes joined an estimated 2,000 diplomats, public officials, journalists, and other opinion makers from around the world at […]

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The UAE’s Fragile Good Life

ABU DHABI – In a region of civil war (Syria, Yemen, Libya), hardening dictatorship (Turkey, Egypt), nuclear build up (Iran), and potential water calamity (Iraq), where in the Middle East outside Israel can one find the good life? Surprisingly perhaps, in the United Arab Emirates, a country in the Persian Gulf. Despite the country’s many […]

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Tribalism Drives Middle East Violence

Originally published under the title “He Say’s There’s One Thing That Drives Violence In The Middle East. But It’s Not Islam…” Take a look at recent news reports from around the Arab world and you’ll notice an unusual commonality. Egypt’s government “struggles to rally Sinai tribes,” reads one Reuters headline, while the title of a […]

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Secular and liberal Turks sighed with premature relief when on June 7, 2015, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, AKP) lost its parliamentary majority in general elections for the first time since it came to power in November 2002. With 41 percent of the national vote (compared with 49.8 […]

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