After being subject to a terrorist attack by a Somali refugee student less than three months ago, Ohio State University (OSU) is hosting a lecture Monday night on the dangers of “Islamophobia.”
The College Fix reports that the university’s Middle East Studies Center and Multicultural Center are jointly hosting a visit by author Nathan Lean, who will tell students about the “pernicious phenomenon” of Islamophobia that has reached “a fevered pitch” in American society.
Lean’s visit to the campus comes about three months after Somali refugee and Ohio State student Abdul Artan drove his car into a crowd of students and starting stabbing people before an OSU police officer shot him dead. Artan had identified himself as an al-Qaida supporter.
The author is in town to discuss his book “The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims.” Lean’s website is replete with positive reviews of his work: “Nathan Lean sees the values of cultural and religious pluralism as vital to the democratic life of any society,” claims the Middle East Policy Council. While The Muscat Daily notes that “Nathan’s writing on Islamophobia will shape our understanding of this subject for a long time to come.”