I know nothing about how Middle Eastern studies are taught in the USA. All I know is that I find it very difficult to read Edward Said without getting very upset. So I don’t really have an opinion about what Martin Kramer has to say on this subject, but it’s interesting nevertheless. After reading the third chapter of his ”Ivory Towers on Sand”, which is available online, I popped over to Amazon.com to read the reviews, as I often do. A very interesting discussion develops there. I suggest reading all the reviews and not just the favorable ones on the first page. Martin Kramer also writes a blog.