July 08, 2003

Saliba, George
[ASCM V2008] Contemporary Islamic Civilization

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Saliba is one of the BEST PROFESSORS at Columbia. People do not like him at times because of his political views. I for one disagree with him on just about everything, but the debate he raises strengthens peopleÂ’s political convictions. He forces you to think through your position, no longer will you simply hold the beliefs of your parents, and you will form your own. Yes he is Pro Palestine in a big way, but the point of University is free thought and a chance to hear opinions that will never make the back page of the NYTimes. LetÂ’s face it the MELAC department is a hot subject, but would you rather that everyone held the same opinion? Saliba is an example of democracy at work, and for that he should be praised and championed. His class is an essential part of your Columbia education. Yeah, Saliba uses his class as a bully pulpit. But, that is why he is here. The man has lived life rather than simply read about it. Yes his class is political but he gives every point of view that is needed for balanced debate. I was unhappy with the grade I received in his class, I am still in the process of trying to have it changed, but I would take any class he offered in the future. The man is a Gem. No one should be persecuted for his political convictions and I believe that the vast majority of his CULPA reviews are posted in an attempt to lynch him.

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Cake man, light reading and an easy final. do the reading it will give you an opertunity to see an Arab perspective of Middle East history and politics.