From Mullah Lodabullah@3:800/432 to All on Sun Jun 24 22:09:34 2007
REPORT ON THE TEACHING OF ISLAM IN UNIVERSITIES
A recent government report on how Islam is taught in British universities signals another step towards the Islamisation of Britain and its education system. It was launched by the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, at the opening
of the "Islam and Muslims in the World Today" conference sponsored by Cambridge University on 4 June 2007.
Should this report be implemented, education will be handed over
more and more to Muslims who will train and shape the next generation.
This means a further move towards the establishment of Islam in the
UK as a religion of state.
Some of the reportAEs recommendations:
1. Universities should employ Muslim scholars to teach Islamic theology: "Students should be given the opportunity to learn from competent traditionally trained Islamic scholars in at least those parts of
the syllabus that directly inform everyday practice of Islam".
2. All universities must employ Muslim chaplains or advisers to deal with
the growing number of Muslim students on campus.
More prayer rooms for Muslims should be provided.
3. Islamic Student Societies should be better recognised and encouraged.
4. Universities should cooperate with Islamic schools and colleges
(dar al-ulum) to break down the divisions between British society
and the Muslim community. Universities should help madrassas and
dar al-ulum because they play a key role in Muslim communities and
in the training of future community leaders. They need a formal link
to higher education qualifications.
5. Islamic studies should be linked to job opportunities such as teaching, chaplaincy and Islamic banking.
6. Universities should provide add-on modules in Islamic studies for all students.
7. Guidance should be given to all universities on Friday prayers, Ramadan
and halal food. All university staff should receive awareness training on Muslims and Islam.
An analysis of these recommendations reveals that the report is in
fact asking for a privileged position for Islam in the universities.
It would seem to aim at transforming Islamic studies in Britain into
a Muslim monopoly, a Muslim enclave in which the vast majority
of staff and students are Muslim.