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Saturday, December 05, 2009

Islamic law Prof. Richard T. Antoun Stabbed, Killed at Binghamton University by Grad Student, Antoun Wrote the Book Understanding Fundamentalism: Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Movements.



Muslm Abdulsalam Al-Zahrani has been charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Binghamton University Professor Richard T. Antoun ( his photo above).

Information from the brother of Prof. Richard T. Antoun indicates that he was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Binghamton NY, his wife is Jewish, contrary to what is written in the preface of his book, click here.

"Understanding fundamentalism: Christian, Islamic, and Jewish movements" - Google Books Result by Richard T. Antoun - 2008 - Religion - 191 pages. I attended Quaker meetings, the Lutheran church, and the Unitarian church, all without becoming a member. More recently I have been introduced to Judaism, particularly the Reform tradition, through my wife in a small city (Binghamton) in upstate New York. books.google.com.

Rosalyn, his wife, a 63-year-old employee of the Jewish Federation, said she prefers to go by Roz. Rich, too, preferred a nickname: Dick. They were married 17 years and spent all of them on Murray Hill Road, which runs adjacent to campus. “It’s terrible and the most terrible thing is that this is happening more and more,” she said. “It’s happening like every other day. We’re seeing it all over the place.”

VESTAL — Abdulsalam Al-Zahrani has been charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Binghamton University Professor Richard T. Antoun. Al-Zahrani was taken to the Broome County Jail at 1:30 a.m. Satruday, said Broome County Sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Carlson. He was arraigned in Town of Vestal court Saturday morning.

According to the Binghamton University Web site, Al-Zahrani (his photo above) is a cultural anthropology graduate student working on his dissertation. Al-Zahrani, of Grand Avenue in Johnson City, was charged by Binghamton University Police.


The fatal stabbing Friday of longtime Binghamton University anthropology professor Antoun has left the community with more questions than answers, again.


Related, Prof. Richard Antoun remembered as gentle man dedicated to dispelling stereotypes about different cultures.

Prof. Richard T. Antoun had a Christian Arab grand-father with his roots in Lebanon and a Catholic grand-mother on different sides of his family, his parents were married in a civil ceramony in Brazil and then in a Methodist Church when they came to the USA, he has had varied links to many religions including the Quaker and the Catholic Church.

Islamic law Prof. Richard T. Antoun Stabbed, Killed at Binghamton University by Grad Student, Antoun Wrote the Book Understanding Fundamentalism: Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Movements.

A longtime Binghamton University anthropology professor known on campus as "a really nice guy" was stabbed to death in his office Friday by a grad student whose dissertation he was to judge, authorities said.


Cops said the as-yet unidentified attacker plunged a 6-inch kitchen blade into 77-year-old Prof. Emeritus Richard T. Antoun four times, puncturing his lung. He was pronounced dead at Wilson Hospital in Johnson City. The suspect was still in BU's Science 1 building when police arrived, tackled and frisked him. When cops asked about Antoun, the witnesses said he replied, "Yeah, I just stabbed him."


Binghamton University's Web site described Antoun as a "sociocultural anthropologist" whose scholarly interests focused on comparative religion, Islamic law and ethics and "the sociology of dispute with respect to tribal law in the Middle East." more from this source.........

Witness tells Action News TV that an older male graduate student entered the office of professor Richard Antoun and then stabbed him. The witness also says she saw campus police tackle the assailant to the ground, then emergency service workers rushed to Antoun’s side to treat him.


“We waited, he came out of the office after about ten minutes, they were doing chest compressions, it didn’t really look good. It was an anthropology grad student who was doing middle eastern studies I believe,” said BU Senior Devin Sheppard, more from this source…..



Several students around the Science building Friday afternoon said they weren't certain what had happened, nor did they know why the hallway near Antoun's office had been closed off with yellow police tape. Several said they had not registered with the university to receive text messages notifying them of emergencies.


Some classes continued to take place during the afternoon inside the building, which is on the eastern edge of the BU quadrangle, not far from the Bartle library. There are no classrooms in the section of the building where the stabbing occurred.



"It's kind of scary because it's so close," said Jacqui Boroda, 21, a BU senior. She works at Jazzmans, a coffee house in BU's Academic Building B, which is next to Science I. She said her boss saw the police heading into the building with guns drawn.


Professors and students said the mood in the building was one of shock and fear. "It's scary as hell," said Peter Knuepfer, an associate professor of geological sciences who works in Science I. "It's another one of those things like the downtown shooting (at the American Civic Association).


"You think it happens somewhere else, but it happens here, too." Antoun, who lived on Murray Hill Road in Vestal, is a published author who has written several books. He published the book Understanding Fundamentalism: Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Movements.

A BU biography of Antoun shows he received a doctorate from Harvard in 1963 and joined the BU faculty in 1976. It goes on to describe him as an emeritus professor, a "sociocultural anthropologist who has conducted research among peasants in Jordan, urbanites in Lebanon, peasant-farmers in Iran, and migrants in Texas and Greece. more from this source............

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