MUSLIM students training to be imams at a British college with strong Iranian links have complained that they are being taught fundamentalist doctrines which describe nonMuslims as “filth”.
The Times has obtained extracts from medieval texts taught to the students in which unbelievers are likened to pigs and dogs. The texts are taught at the Hawza Ilmiyya of London, a religious school, which has a sister institution, the Islamic College for Advanced Studies (ICAS), which offers a degree validated by Middlesex University.
The students, who have asked to remain anonymous, study their religious courses alongside the university-backed BA in Islamic studies. They spend two days a week as religious students and three days on their university course
In the US they're complaining about Salman Rushdie's invitation to speak at Nova Southeastern University's graduation. The good news here is that the university seems disinclined to rescind the invitation.
In announcing Rushdie as a speaker, Nova officials praised him as an example of "higher education's central role in the open, uncensored examination of social, cultural and religious issues."
"Most importantly, he's an outspoken advocate of freedom of expression, which is a critical core value of the university," said Don Rosenblum, dean of Nova's undergraduate school.