University of Wisconsin Madison: Muslim student stirs outrage over terrorism class because it discusses jihad


The class was slated to discuss “Islam and the West,” “The origins of Jihad,” “Al Qaida,” “9/11,” “The Islamic State” and “Jihad in Africa,” along with non-jihad terrorism topics such as the KKK. So what was the problem? Does this Muslim student, Ali Khan, actually want us to believe that al-Qaeda and the Islamic State and the 9/11 attacks were not terrorism, and should not be discussed in a terrorism class? That is exactly what he wants us to think, and he knows how to push the right politically correct buttons to get what he wants, complaining about “an American exceptionalism perspective to advance a zionist, orientalist, and/or neocolonialist agenda.” This academic terrorist is trying to make sure that only one perspective is represented, and is stigmatizing defense of the United States (as well as Israel) against the jihad as out of bounds. Watch for the University of Wisconsin Madison to pressure the professor to alter the course, or to fire him outright. That’s the state of academia these days.

“Outrage erupts over terrorism class with section on Islamic terror,” by Rita Loffredo, College Fix, October 3, 2018:

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‘An American exceptionalism perspective to advance a zionist, orientalist, and/or neocolonialist agenda …’

This month, University of Wisconsin Madison students enrolled in a political science class focused on terrorism will study acts perpetrated by radicals in the name of Islam.

Lectures slated for October include topics such as “Islam and the West,” “The origins of Jihad,” “Al Qaida,” “9/11,” “The Islamic State” and “Jihad in Africa,” according to a syllabus screenshot.

But one Muslim student, who is also a campus leader and activist, was briefly enrolled in the class. And after the very first day, student Ali Khan took to social media to express outrage over the content of “Political Science 347: Terrorism” and the way the professor approached the subject.

Khan’s complaint prompted a campuswide conversation on alleged culturally insensitive classes. He also published the professor’s contact information, asking peers to take stand.

Khan, in his Facebook post, accused the scholar of approaching the topic of terror only from “an American exceptionalism perspective to advance a zionist, orientalist, and/or neocolonialist agenda.” Khan, who described himself as “livid” over the course, also denounced its Jihad section.

“You cannot define terrorism singularly by the actions of terrorist groups or non-state actors without including state-sponsored terrorism,” he said.

“There’s a whole module titled ‘Jihad.’ This legitimizes a perception that the concept of Jihad is one-dimensional, single-faceted, and inherently violent and connected to terrorism,” he added. “Will we be discussing the different types of jihad (by the heart, tongue, and hand)? Is the professor an Islamic scholar who can accurately speak about jihad?”

The professor, Andrew Kydd, is a white male.

Khan ended his post by publishing the professor’s name and email address, and told his peers “for all those who ally with the Muslim and/or Student of Color community, this is your chance. For us, constantly debating with professors, stepping up to always teach others, and simply being present around this type of rhetoric, is emotionally taxing. This is where you come in. Do the work and educate your peers.”

Khan’s post spread throughout the campus community, prompting praise, “outcry,” promises of action, and several articles in campus newspapers at UW Madison.

Khan did not respond to requests from The College Fix for comment. Kydd also did not respond to requests from The College Fix seeking comment.

Khan has dropped the class but has also met with Kydd and plans to provide the professor with “alternative academic readings to broaden the scope of the class,” the Badger Herald campus newspaper reports, adding Khan also plans to lobby administrators to require a cultural competency review of liberal arts courses….

As for the terrorism course, its online description states it “will introduce the student to the subject of terrorism.”…

Other topics listed on its syllabus include the history of terrorism, which delves into the KKK, nationalist terrorism and communism and fascism….

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