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January 17, 2003

Fighting Edward Said

(Tom Friedman isn't the problem)

Tom Friedman is an inconsistent columnist. When he's good, he's very, very good. When he's bad, he's clueless. If AZIN et. al. are serious about taking on real enemies, however, other targets are a much better use of their time.

Take Edward Said, the man who has done more than anyone else to turn Mideast Studies into what it is today. Which is to say: a wasteland of political correctness run amuck, systemic intellectual dishonesty, denial of Israel's right to exist, and stances on terrorism and jihad that range from willful denial all the way to open incitement.

Muslimpundit at Winds of Change.NET is certainly no fan. He notes that Said's writings have received stern rebuttals in the past, of which among the most notable are by Bernard Lewis and Keith Windschuttle. More recently, Ibn Warraq also joined the fray. Having written and edited some excellent books on the origins of Islam, Ibn Warraq has now turned his attention towards the Saidian polemicists and penned a rather exhaustive essay decrying, as Muslimpundit puts it: "the pretensions of Edward Said towards harbouring any conceptions of intellectual scholarship."

Gee, Adil, tell us how you really feel! Read the full story, including links for yourself over at Winds of Change.NET.