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for Friday, November 22.
* 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
--> 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
MAGAZINES & JOURNALS
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
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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