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An Azza Attacks



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I’m not going to comment on the argument of this article, which is that Brandeis shouldn’t have offered Ayaan Hirsi Ali (a colleague of mine at AEI, although one I have never met) an honorary degree or invited her to give a commencement speech, and was right to rescind the invitation and offer once granted. Instead I will just ask your indulgence while I complain about a pet peeve: sentences that begin “As a. . . I.” For example: “As a feminist scholar of Islam with a decade of experience working in America’s robust and diverse Muslim communities, I find her sweeping characterizations and rhetoric misguided.” One such sentence I can overlook. But there are six in a short essay. Much too much.



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