Monday, April 14, 2008

Salafi Extremism Inundates British Academia

If Saudi Arabia's fortune was built on anything other than oil, the lifeblood of Western society, we would not have the current situation, where our governments refuse to acknowledge or educate the populace as to the fact that Saudi Arabia's Wahhabi/Salafi Islam is the root of Islamic extremism and triumphalism. As I warned in the fairly recent past, what you don't know about Wahhabi Islam could kill you. And today, there is a breathless article in the Telegraph reporting that the Saudi's own a large chunk of British academia and they are pumping out the radical Salafist ideology into the Muslim population of Britain. This has actually been ongoing for decades. That it is only bubbling to the surface of the news now is amazing.


This today from the Telegraph:

Extremist ideas are being spread by Islamic study centres linked to British universities and backed by multi-million-pound donations from Saudi Arabia and Muslim organisations, a new report claims.

Eight universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, have accepted more than £233.5 million [that is half a billion dollars] from Saudi and Muslim sources since 1995, with much of the money going to Islamic study centres, according to the report.

The total sum, revealed by Anthony Glees, the director of Brunel University's Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, amounts to the largest source of external funding to UK universities.

Arab donors have argued that their gifts to academic institutions help to promote understanding between the West and the Islamic world. However, Prof Glees claims in his unpublished report that the propagation of one-sided views of Islam and the Middle East at universities amounts to anti-Western propaganda.

Prof Glees attracted controversy in 2005 when he claimed that up to 48 universities had been infiltrated by fundamentalists and warned that the threat posed by radical groups should be "urgently addressed".

At a conference in London on Thursday, the Government is expected to call for the opening of more Islamic study centres at British universities. Last year, ministers declared Islamic studies a "strategically important subject" and put aside £1 million for the teaching of the subject, as part of a counter-radicalisation drive.

Universities that have accepted donations from Saudi royals and other Arab sources include Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, University College London, the London School of Economics, Exeter, Dundee and City. Prof Glees says Government policies "push the wrong sort of education by the wrong sort of people, funded by the wrong sorts of donor".

He added: "The Government must reconsider its far-reaching, security-driven plan to use higher education in the fight against the radicalisation of young British Muslims. If it proceeds, it will create the very situation the Government wants to avoid: the development of self-imposed Muslim apartheid in the UK."

He called on the Government to ban universities from accepting money from Saudi or Islamic groups to fund Islamic studies; for all university donations to be made public, and for a public inquiry into foreign funding. Major donations include £20 million from the late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia towards the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, due to open next year, which is associated to the university.

Prof Glees's report claims that over the past five years, 70 per cent of politics lectures at the Middle Eastern Centre at St Antony's College, Oxford, were "implacably hostile" to the West and Israel - an allegation denied by Oxford.

. . . The report, to be published by the Centre for Social Cohesion, an offshoot of the centre-Right Civitas think tank, also questions the choice of Dr Ataullah Siddiqui as the Government's chief adviser on Islamic studies.

Prof Glees alleges that Dr Siddiqui, who is a director of Leicester's Markfield Institute of Higher Education, has ideological links to extreme Islamic groups. He argues that by employing Dr Siddiqui as its chief adviser, the Government risks aiding the spread of extremism, rather than preventing it.

Dr Siddiqui said: "These claims are false. I deny completely that I have any organisational or ideological links with extremist organisations. I also deny that the Markfield Institute has any such links with extremist organisations."

An Oxford University spokesman said: "The university has not seen Prof Glees's report. If any allegations have been made that funders influence or bias the methods, outcomes, or political stances taken in research and teaching at Oxford, the university categorically denies them."

A spokesman for Universities UK, the umbrella organisation for universities, said: "All academic programmes in the UK, including Islamic studies, are subject to the UK's rigorous and independent quality assurance procedures."

A spokesman for the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills said: "Institutions have the primary responsibility for determining and maintaining the standards of the awards they deliver and the quality of the education they provide."

Read the entire article here. That next to last paragraph is a truly ironic - "UK's rigorous and independent quality assurance procedures." The UK has the worst problem in the West with radical Islam. As I wrote some months ago, the problem is a Labour government imbued with multiculturalism, unable to make discriminatory judgments, that keeps putting the worst of the Islamist foxes in charge of the chicken coop.

In short, the Labour Government is absolutely screwed and the policies they are following seem almost deliberately designed to destroy the Britain of history. Labours utterly ludicrous policies towards Islam - literally pretending there is no problem - are simply one aspect of this suicidal insanity. But the people who are pushing these policies will retire safely outside of Britain in a few years, leaving the working class and poor sods still in the country to bear the brunt of righting the bloody mess.

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