The Term ‘Scholar’ Is Given Away Too Early calls Andrew Bostom a "scholar of Islam."

Andrew can’t read read Arabic. Just as anybody who can’t read Hebrew can not be a scholar of Judaism and somebody who can’t read German can’t be a scholar of Samson Raphael Hirsch (sorry Steve Bailey), so too anybody who can’t read Arabic can not be a scholar of Islam and cannot influence Islam and should not influence our views of Islam. I know it is fun to hate Islam, but we can’t seize of every writer who comes along as a "scholar of Islam."

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