ALI MAZRUI: ANTI-SEMITE
By Dr. Daniel Pipes
In addition, he has distinguished appointments at Cornell University, the University of Jos in Nigeria, and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya. He has served as Visiting Scholar at Stanford, Denver, Chicago, Ohio State, Pennsylvania, Bridgewater, Harvard, Colgate, McGill, Sussex, Oxford, Leeds, London, Cairo, Baghdad, Tehran, Nairobi, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, and other universities.
He has authored over thirty books, from Towards a Pax Africana in 1967 to The Politics of War and the Culture of Violence in 2008. Every important newspaper in the world has carried his byline. He narrated a high-profile television series, The Africans: A Triple Heritage, for the BBC and PBS in 1986.
Miscellaneous honors include being elected an "Icon of the Twentieth Century" by Lincoln University and being nominated for a "Living Legend Award" by two African organizations. Honorary degrees have come tumbling in. He "has been involved in a number of United Nations projects on matters which have ranged from human rights to nuclear proliferation."
Authorities around the world, in short, inform us that professors don't come smarter or wiser than Mazrui.
But Brendan Goldman, a senior at New York University, attended a talk on "Euro-Jews and Afro-Arabs: The Semitic Divergence in History" at Columbia University by the esteemed Dr. Mazrui on May 6, 2010. In his report, "Reviving Jewish Race Science at Columbia U Conference," Goldman tells how Mazrui spent most of his time discussing the development of Jewish "genius" and "cultural impurity" in a European context. Ostensibly, Mazrui was comparing the impact of Jews on Europe to the impact of Arabs on Africa. However, he was more interested in why "Arabs lagged behind Jews in manifest genius." After admitting he knew little about Arab history and even less about Jews, Mazrui proceeded to spend his allotted time talking about the history of both peoples.
Mazrui did not flinch in asking rhetorical questions, such as "What aspects of Marxism are taken from Judaism?" He made the nuanced argument that, since Karl Marx was ethnically Jewish, he clearly made "the Chosen People [into] the proletariat." Mazrui's lecture was also peppered with statements like "Jews have been at their best when they were Europeanized ... almost as if you needed a mixture of Jewishness and Europeanness [for Jewish genius]."
He also claimed that Jews, as a people, are insular and racist. "Arabs are far less race-conscious and ethnic-conscious than Jews are," he said. "Acceptance of race mixture was more developed in Arab culture than in Jewish culture."
Mazrui concluded the event with this gross statement:
(2) Mazrui is a rank anti-semite.
(3) Binghamton and Cornell universities minimally should reprimand Mazrui; better yet, they should expel him.
(4) How far has academic life descended that such drivel is considered not just respectable, but estimable?
© Daniel Pipes 2010
Cross-Posted from National Review
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Reprinted from the Daniel Pipes Mailing List, May 24, 2010
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Author or co-author of eighteen books, Dr. Pipes is a regular columnist for National Review Online, Front Page Magazine, the New York Sun, and the Jerusalem Post. His analyses of world trends and of forces and developments in the Middle East have appeared in numerous North American newspapers, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He frequently appears on American network television, as well as at universities and think tanks, to discuss the Middle East, Islam, and the Islamist threat to the U.S.A. and the West. He also has appeared on BBC and Al Jazeera, and has lectured in approximately twenty-five countries.
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American society and culture. His father is Richard Pipes, an American historian specializing in Russian and Soviet history
and serving as Professor of History at Harvard University from 1950 until his retirement in 1996. During the Cold War, the
worldview of Richard Pipes was strongly anti-Soviet and anti-Communist.
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