Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Nadia Abu El Haj and the rewriting of history

In her book, "Facts on the Ground," Barnard Professor Nadia Abu El Haj advances the thesis that the "myth" of ancient Jewish national life in the land of Israel was created by Israeli archaeologists. Her ideas have no more relation to facts than blood libels and other racist fables concocted about Jews, but they enjoy respectability in certain academic circles, and have won her tenure at Barnard. 
In two articles, I discuss why her ideas are absurd, and how it is possible that such ideas are discussed seriously and accepted in a part of the academic community:

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