Educators, Don’t Let Yourselves Be Used by Middle Eastern Autocrats

Professor Bernard Lewis and the late Professor Fouad Ajami founded the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) eight years ago after the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), long the main professional association for historians and other scholars of the Middle East increasingly allowed itself to be co-opted by polemics and the hatreds driving the region. Martin Kramer, president of Shalem College, had masterfully chronicled MESA’s unhinged descent into hostility toward the United States, virulent anti-Zionism, and more. Here are just a few of his recent posts regarding the professional organization.