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      Subject: 11/22/2002 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education

      ACADEME TODAY: The Chronicle of Higher Education's
      Daily Report for subscribers

      Good day!

      Here are news bulletins from The Chronicle of Higher Education
      for Friday, November 22.

      * [snip]

      * IT IS MORE DIFFICULT THAN EVER for scholarly books to find a
      broad audience, four editors said on Thursday on a panel at
      the annual meeting of the American Anthropological
      Association. They cited demands on readers' time and the
      decline of independent bookstores as factors in a growing
      crisis for academic publishers.
      --> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2002/11/2002112203n.htm

      * CLASSICAL SCHOLARS are buzzing over a scroll, found with a
      mummy, containing more than 100 previously unknown poems
      attributed to Posidippus, a Greek author from the third
      century BC.
      --> SEE http://chronicle.com/free/2002/11/2002112204n.htm

      GENDER, IDENTITY, AND DESIRE: A new anthology chronicles how
      studies of same-sex practices have challenged anthropology's
      long-held conceptions of culture and kinship.
      --> SEE http://chronicle.com/weekly/v49/i13/13a02001.htm




      A glance at the November issue of "Commentary":
      How scholars misconstrue "jihad"

      Many scholars of Islam say the concept of "jihad" denotes not
      warfare but an inner struggle "to do the right thing." They are
      wrong, objects Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum,
      a pro-Israel research organization. And, he contends, "the
      explaining-away of jihad promoted by academic specialists, as
      well as by Islamist organizations engaging in public relations,"
      is "an intellectual scandal," given the events of September 11,

      Mr. Pipes surveyed public comments by more than two dozen
      experts, and found near-universal embrace of that portrayal, he
      says. Groups with the word "jihad" in their title, including one
      led by Osama bin Laden, decide how jihad should be enacted, "not
      a covey of academic apologists," and they take their cue from
      its usage since the beginning of 14 centuries of Islamic
      history: "to achieve Muslim dominion over the entire world."
      That, says Mr. Pipes, was understood even in the West "before
      political correctness conquered the universities."

      Throughout modern times, he writes, Muslims in contact with the
      West have tended to fall into three categories. Secularists
      reject jihad altogether. Reformists "have worked to transform
      the idea of jihad into a purely defensive undertaking"
      compatible with international law. Islamists, like Mr. bin
      Laden, embrace armed revolution, the original sense of jihad,
      according to Mr. Pipes. The prevalence of this understanding of
      jihad in Muslim countries explains "the immense appeal of a
      figure like Osama bin Laden in the immediate aftermath of
      September 11."

      Scholars who portray jihad as anything but bent on war, like
      deceptive lobbyists who "cloak their true outlook in moderate
      language," are disseminating "pure disinformation," he argues.
      Scholars, he adds, are "endeavoring to camouflage a threatening
      concept by rendering it in terms acceptable within university

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