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    CONTEMPORARY MUSLIM STUDIES CHAIR BECOMING A HOT SEAT David Campbell, ZWire, 6/28/05
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      CONTEMPORARY MUSLIM STUDIES CHAIR BECOMING A HOT SEAT
      David Campbell, ZWire, 6/28/05
      http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=14766402&BRD=1091&PAG=461&dept_id=425695&rfi=6

      The search to fill a newly endowed chair in contemporary Middle East
      studies at Princeton University reveals the friction that can
      sometimes occur when politics crosses with scholarship and teaching.

      Columbia University Arab studies Professor Rashid Khalidi is
      reportedly a candidate for the new Robert Niehaus '78 Chair in
      Contemporary Muslim Studies at Princeton.

      Professor Khalidi is director of Columbia's Middle East Institute and
      a noted scholar in Palestinian, Syrian and Arab nationalism. He also
      is an outspoken critic of Israeli and American policy in the Middle
      East, which has made him a target of critics who disagree with his views.

      In March, he visited Princeton to give a lecture on the history of
      democracy in the Middle East in which he challenged perceptions of
      Islamic nations in the Middle East as hostile to democratic
      principles. The Columbia Spectator reported in May that the lecture,
      which reportedly drew a full auditorium at McCormick Hall, was a "job
      talk" - one component in the assessment of candidates for faculty
      appointments.

      But when The New York Sun newspaper reported earlier that month that
      Professor Khalidi was considering a move to Princeton, university
      administrators received e-mails from alumni alerting them to the
      Middle East scholar's controversial public statements, Princeton Vice
      President and Secretary Robert Durkee confirmed Monday.

      "We have had some alumni who have expressed concern," Mr. Durkee said.
      But he went on to say that others have contacted administrators urging
      them not to permit hiring decisions at Princeton to be swayed by
      politics. (MORE)

      http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=14766402&BRD=1091&PAG=461&dept_id=425695&rfi=6

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