Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Muslim "Scholar" Robs Egyptian Writer

Famed Indonesian "scholar" Zakiyuddin Baidhawy robbed my friend Mona Eltahawy the other day. Nearly a month ago, Ms. Eltahawy wrote a piece for Muslim WakeUp! entitled "Where is the Jihad Against the Tsunami?" calling out the hypocritical salafi nutjubs for their failure to muster any comment on the devastation in the world's most populous Muslim country, Indonesia. Mr. Baidhawy saw this piece and decided that it would look better with his name on the byline. He was wrong of course, but he would have gotten away with it if it hadn't been picked up by the Wall Street Journal which referenced the piece. You can imagine my friend's surprise when she came across her own words coming supposedly from the pen of some two-bit "scholar" who somehow thinks he's the only one with an internet connection. (Somebody tell him the tsunami didn't hit New York City.)

Who knew plagiarism was so blatant amongst Muslim "scholars." [Update: Mr. Baidhawy has since apologized to my friend for his wholesale theft of her intellectual property.]

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