Iowa State University students were instructed to write historical essays on the Sept. 11 terror attacks from the perspective of Al Qaeda terrorists.
“Write a paper that gives a historical account of 911 from the perspective of the terrorist network,” the assignment obtained by The College Fix stated.
“In other words, how might Al-Qaeda or a non-Western historian describe what happened.”
James Strohman, a political science lecturer at Iowa State, taught the International Studies course, according to the site.
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The assignment read that it might be difficult but advised students to think “out of the box” to view history, culture, and people from “different contexts.”
The assignment also stated there is no right answer, “just your ability to look at what we consider a heinous action from other perspectives.”
Rob Schweers, the university's director of communications, defended the assignment in a statement to The College Fix.
“As you can see, the assignment was in no way an attempt to diminish the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Nor was it designed to support the goals of Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations,” Schweers told the site.
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“This is similar to the vital work being performed in our nation’s diplomatic and intelligence operations, such as the Central Intelligence Agency, or the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research,” he said.
It was not immediately clear if the lecturer had assigned similar essays in the past. Neither Iowa State nor Strohman immediately responded to a Daily News request for comment.
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