Friday, March 03, 2017

Ignorant Experts on False Islamism

Martin Kramer directs us to an observation by a man genuinely knowledgeable on Islamism and strongly critical of false experts who speak without knowledge:
Graeme Wood (The Atlantic), in his new book [The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State] on ISIS: "In my conversations with [Western] scholars of Islam, few of the people who dismissed the Islamic State as a product of false Islamism - Jacobinism with an Islamic veneer - were able to name a single cleric or [Muslim] scholar associated with the Islamic State, or a fatwa or other statement by that [Muslim] scholar. The level of ignorance is as appalling as if a scholar of Marxism declared the Soviet Union 'not Marxist' and turned out to be unfamiliar with the name of Trotsky or Lenin." [The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State, page 76]
That means I know more than most so-called experts. Yet, I know that I know next to nothing about anything. By the end of the semester, however, I should know quite a bit more than next to nothing, since my Islamism course appears to have enough students to take place this time.

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At 9:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of my instructors At Bible College was asked a theological question. His reply was..."I haven't yet examined that particular subject, but when I do so, it will be the final word." He came to the USA from East Germany as a teen ager, and had his doctorate in theology from a seminary in the USA. He was very confident in his abilities. A typical German?


At 9:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry about the captitalized a

At 10:03 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Germans are pretty blunt, but they don't BS, and they rarely joke . . . but that one you describe might have been exaggerating for effect, or maybe he picked up some American humor from living in the States for so long.

Jeffery Hodges

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