Iraqi-born professor to speak on campus

Miami University professor Adeed Dawisha to talk about Middle East crisis | February 21, 2003

Adeed Dawisha, an Iraqi-born professor of political science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, is speaking on the "U.S.-Iraqi Crisis" on Monday, Feb. 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the Cintas Center. His talk is sponsored by Xavier’s ethics/religion and society program. The talk is free and open to the public. Dawisha was born and raised in Baghdad and now teaches a course on the politics of Arab nationalism in Islam. He has written several books on Arab and Middle East politics, including his most recent Arab Nationalism in the 20th Century. In a February interview by Cincinnati’s WCPO Channel 9 News, Dawisha spoke on the recent Osama bin Laden tapes. "It's an opportunity for him to whip up the kind of hysteria that he likes to create in the Arab world against the United States," he said. Dawisha also pointed out bin Laden's hate for America goes much deeper than many think. "His hatred is not going to subside if we did not go into Iraq or if we were to be more pro Palestinian. His hostility is civilization. He thinks the U.S. culture is undermining Islam. As a result, it is his duty to defend Islam." For more information about the event, contact Ernest Fontana at 513 745-2047 or Robert Rethy at 513 745-2023.