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Happy Islamo-fascism Awareness Week

October 23, 2007

Yesterday I started teaching the Qur’an in my Intellectual Heritage class at Temple University. Given the awkwardness that the class has collectively felt when dealing with texts from the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, I have begun to dread teaching the last two religious texts in this section of the course: portions of the Qur’an and the whole of the Bhagavad Gita. I had been ruminating over a discussion-starter for this material when what should fall from the sky (and into my RSS reader) than this beauty: Islamo-fascism Awareness Week. I think this will succeed in spicing up our discussion.

There’s an excellent short report on Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week over at TPM that set me off on this pedagogical exercise and provides a bit of a background into David Horowitz and his purported “Freedom Center.”

While I try not to be heavy-handed with my Temple students and force a particular interpretation of a text upon them, I think that I will definitely need to let it be know that I don’t subscribe to the views of Mr. Horowitz. Of course, what else could one expect from a member of the “academic left”?

  1. October 24, 2007 9:56 am

    I think this open season. Maybe we should also start Zionist-fascism week, eh?

    Hate mongers are all over the place. Let them rot in their hateful sweat. But what I find interesting here is that you teach the Quran. Huh? Can a Muslim teach the Bible or the Torah? The Arabic language is so rich and so grammatical that even Arabs themselves have to study the language to decipher the text, poems or even the Quran. Or do you seek “Islamic” help from your local Muslim community to “teach” the Quran?


  2. October 24, 2007 10:01 am

    Good luck with your teaching. 🙂

  3. jimgetz permalink*
    October 25, 2007 8:18 am

    attendingtheworld, I can read Arabic (with difficulty). Further, given the interaction between Jewish, Christian and nascent Muslim traditions in the Qur’an, a good knowledge of these other traditions goes along way towards understanding the major themes in the Qur’an.

    But, the class I’m teaching is more designed by the university’s GenEd to teach students how to “sight read” a text. That is to say, the class is designed to expose students to varying texts from various genres in order to teach them the general skill set that can be applied to similar pieces of literature.

    abyssalleviathin, thanks! I think it went well.

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