Top universities 'foster extremism', says security studies academic
By ANDY DOLAN
British universities are fostering extremism through Islamic study centres which were set up to tackle that very same threat, an academic has warned.
The centres, funded by multi-million-pound donations from Saudi Arabia and Muslim organisations, have been earmarked by the Government as a key component in the drive to counter radicalisation.
But according to a report by Professor Anthony Glees, the director of Brunel University's Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, some are proving to be counter-productive.
He said the centres peddled one-sided views of Islam and the Middle East, tantamount to anti-Western propaganda.
Professor Glees added: "The Government must reconsider its 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."
Last year ministers declared Islamic studies a "strategically important subject" and set aside £1million for its quango, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, to develop teaching of the subject.
According to Professor Glees, Oxford and Cambridge are among eight universities to have accepted more than £233.5million from Saudi and Muslim sources since 1995.
He said most of that total - which amounts to the largest source of external funding to UK universities - financed Islamic study centres.
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