Here are the Blogs in the Joseph S. Spoerl
Monday, 12 December 2016
by Joseph S. Spoerl
It is becoming increasingly difficult to have honest, empirically informed conversations about Islam, both in the academy and outside of it. As long ago as 1974, the great French scholar of Islam, Maxime Rodinson, observed that his field of Islamic Studies was degenerating into ...Read More...
Posted on 12/12/2016 10:16 AM by Joseph S. Spoerl
Tuesday, 24 May 2016
This publication is an English translation of a book which was first published in German in 2009, with an epilogue penned by the author in May 2014. Germany and Iran: From the Aryan Axis to the Nuclear Threshold focuses on German-Iranian relations from the time of Kaiser Wilhelm (1859-1941) to the present, ...Read More...
Posted on 05/24/2016 1:50 PM by Joseph S. Spoerl
Tuesday, 12 April 2016
An increasingly fashionable position among self-styled “progressives” is to advocate the “one-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This “solution” envisions a single “secular, liberal, democratic state” encompassing the entire former mandate of Palestine, with a “right of ...Read More...
Posted on 04/12/2016 7:14 AM by Joseph S. Spoerl
Thursday, 19 November 2015
Religion, Politics, and the Origin of Palestine Refugee Relief
by Asaf Romirowsky and Alexander H. Joffe
(New York: Palgrave Macmillan: 2013) 254 pp.
Reviewed by Joseph S. Spoerl, Professor, Philosophy Dept., Saint Anselm College
This book is a carefully researched study of the earliest efforts ...Read More...
Posted on 11/19/2015 11:21 AM by Joseph S. Spoerl
Monday, 9 November 2015
In his Nov. 1 article, “The Danger of Netanyahu’s Holocaust Fabrications,” Robert Azzi attacks me for my article “Palestinians, Arabs, and the Holocaust,” published earlier this year in the Jewish Political Studies Review, a peer-reviewed, academic journal. Mr. Azzi engages in a good deal of name-calling, ...Read More...
Posted on 11/09/2015 7:34 AM by Joseph S. Spoerl
Sunday, 14 June 2015
In his May 24 and June 7 columns in the Monitor, Robert Azzi presented a case for the “BDS movement,” which seeks to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel for its treatment of the Palestinians. Azzi distinguishes between a “limited” BDS movement, which seeks a boycott only of Israeli West Bank settlements ...Read More...
Posted on 06/14/2015 11:15 AM by Joseph S. Spoerl
Monday, 23 March 2015
One of the major Palestinian Arab arguments regarding the establishment of the state of Israel is that the West facilitated its founding out of guilt over the Holocaust. Palestinians insist that the Holocaust is a purely Western and Christian crime that has nothing to do with them or ...Read More...
Posted on 03/23/2015 7:42 AM by Joseph S. Spoerl