Ivory Towers on Sand, by Martin Kramer

This bombshell of a book indicts the American academic Middle East studies establishment as guilty of minimizing and ignoring the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and of thereby failing to anticipate acts of Muslim terrorism against the West and the United States. Martin Kramer, editor of the Middle Eastern Quarterly and past director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University, does not mince words. He accuses the most prestigious and powerful scholars in the field of presenting a skewed, erroneous, wrongheaded view of the Middle East. John Esposito of Georgetown University, Richard Bulliet of Columbia University, Augustus Richard Norton of New York University and Rashid Khalidi of the University of Chicago are mentioned, along with influential journalists like Robin Wright of the Los Angeles Times.

 

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