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The persistence of the Massad question

DAVID MYERS

Columbia Spectator

Wed Mar 27 2013

Joseph Massad, associate professor of modern Arab politics and intellectual history, has been granted tenure. A reversal of Columbia's original rejection of his tenure bid is not only regrettable, but frightening and embarrassing. Many news articles about Massad and his quest for tenure have attempted to describe him with the broad and overused adjective, "controversial." This is unfair and too simplistic. The professor is not "controversial"—he is anti-Israel and an embarrassment not only to scholarly pursuit and academia as a whole, but to our university and its reputation....

The persistence of the Massad question