How We Regard the Wars That We Wage, Our Enemies, and Ourselves


A year ago, in the wake of the protests across the Muslim world ostensibly sparked by the Internet trailer for the film Innocence of Muslims, Aya Bratrawy and Rachel Zoll, writing for the Associated Press, collaborated on the article “An Overview about the Prophet Muhammad and Why He is So Revered by Muslims.”

The writers posed and answered five basic questions: Who is the prophet Muhammad? What is the prophet Muhammad’s role in Islam? Why are depictions of the prophet seen as heretical by most Muslims? In what ways does the prophet’s life impact Muslims today? And what is an example of a hadith?

All of the answers that the authors provided were very straightforward and relatively concise without being patently simplistic.

When I read the article, I initially thought that such an explanation was probably long overdue for many American readers. I recalled President Bush’s seeming ignorance of…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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