Sheik Yer Mami? This racist image appears on Sheik Yer Mami’s site.
Islamophobes rely on pseudo-scholars to validate their anti-Muslim beliefs. One of the pioneers in this was Bat Ye’or, who with absolutely no academic qualifications to speak of, was self-anointed a “scholar of Islam.” Robert Spencer dubbed her a “pioneering scholar” of Islamic studies. Not long after starting his blogging career, Spencer himself donned the title of “the acclaimed scholar of Islam,” an epithet which is found on his website. This, even though his master’s degree is in Christian studies. He has no educational degree related to Islam, at all.
When confronted with this uncomfortable fact, Spencer’s minions point out that he has written many “best-selling books.” So, does anyone who writes “best-selling books” become a scholar? Is the author of the Harry Potter series a scholar?
It seems that if you devote enough hours to blogging against Islam and cyber-attend Jihad Watch University (JWU), you can eventually claim “scholar of Islam” status. The latest claimant to this title is Sheik YerMami, a raving anti-Muslim blogger/lunatic. He’s been blogging for long enough that the gods of the anti-Muslim blogosphere have granted him the right to call himself a “scholar of Islam.” Here is what Sheik YerMami said (emphasis added):
I am a scholar of Islam and I rely on Koran, sira & hadith, not on loon watch.
What academic qualifications does he have to claim “scholar” status? Anyone?