University of Oregon Moves Arabic to Religious Studies Department

This comes from a report in the university’s own newspaper, so the student-reporter finds people who are generally upbeat about this oddball move.

Only instructor Mohamed Jemmali allows himself to say, “It’s a little weird to move a language under a religious field.” But Jemmali goes on to say that he understands how the departments can help each other, and so on, and don’t fire me, and so forth.

Arabic student Beshara Kehdi sandwiches her critici6sm between two compliments. Only the criticism here:

…I think people will falsely believe that Arabic and Islam are one thing instead of looking at Arabic as the language of a broader Middle East.

Indeed. Lastly, the university’s rationale:

Arabic is being folded into the religious studies department because the department can support Arabic students reading advanced literature and documents, most of which are Islamic in nature.

Hunh?