David Tuller

David Tuller is a contributing writer at Salon.com and the author of Cracks in the Iron Closet: Travels in Gay and Lesbian
Russia.

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Not Academic:

F or three days this month, stars-and-stripes lapel pins were virtually nowhere to be seen in the lobby, corridors and meeting rooms of the Hyatt Hotel in downtown San Francisco. The occasion for this refreshingly flag-free zone -- a startling sight to anyone who has recently spent any time anywhere in the United States -- was the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, a normally obscure academic enclave that, for obvious reasons, found itself under a bit more of a spotlight than usual this year. Indeed, for scholars who study the Islamic world, it has been both the best of times and the worst of times. A shocked American public -- suddenly clamoring to understand why they hate us so much, has been scooping up books on Islam by the thousands. Journalists are calling constantly for interviews. Academics who have devoted their lives to studying labor movements in Egypt and images of women in Persian literature are, remarkably, in high demand for speaking engagements. "I...