Peter King, Scholar of Islam

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Rep. Peter King's scheduled hearing next week on the subject of Muslim radicalization is drawing criticism from one seemingly unlikely expert: Daniel Pipes, who no one (except possibly the lunatic Pamela Geller and her cadre of racists) could mistake for an apologist for radical Islam. Says Pipes, about these misbegotten hearings:

"The U.S. government should investigate domestic Islamist radicalization," Daniel Pipes, the Middle East Forum director who has written extensively on the threat posed by radical Islamists, said in an e-mail. "Unfortunately, Rep. Peter King has proven himself unsuited for this important task, as shown by the gratuitous controversy he has generated over the mere selection of witnesses."

The problem of radicalization is a serious one -- obviously, the thoughts and actions of such men as Anwar al-Aulaki and Nidal Hasan suggest that, on the margins, radicalization of American Muslims is a problem demanding attention -- but the vast majority of American Muslims reject the violence and extremism of Islamism, and they are right to fear the consequences (intended?)  of Rep. King's probe, which does not seemed designed to generate light on the subject, and could only serve to marginalize the mainstream.

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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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