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News Reels:Killing in the name of Islam is acceptable... the view of one third of British Muslim students

Killing in the name of Islam is acceptable... the view of one third of British Muslim students

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 12:07 PM on 27th July 2008

Almost a third of British Muslim university students say killing in the name of Islam is justified, a poll found

Almost one third of British Muslim students think it is acceptable to kill in the name of Islam, results of a poll show.

The findings shed light on the extent of  campus radicalism and will raise concerns about  extremism across British Universities.

The YouGov poll for the Centre for Social Cohesion also found that two in five Muslims at university support the idea of Islamic sharia codes being enshrined in British law, the Sunday Times has reported.

One of the report authors Han-nah Stuart said the study's findings came as an embarrassing blow to those who play down the threat of extremism within Britain's campuses.

She said: 'Significant numbers appear to hold beliefs which contravene democratic values.

'These results are deeply embarrassing for those who have said there is no extremism in British universities.'

Fosis, the country's largest Muslim student body criticised the report.

But Anthony Glees, professor of security and intelligence studies at Buckingham University, said: 'The finding that a large number of students think it is okay to kill in the name of religion is alarming.

'There is a wide cultural divide between Muslim and non-Muslim students.

'The solution is to stop talking about celebrating diversity and focus on integration and assimilation.'

The research saw 1,400 Muslim and non-Muslim students questioned and more than 20 universities were visited .

It was discovered that extremist preachers regularly gave speeches that were inflammatory, homophobic or bordering on antisemitic.

The research found that 55 per cent of Muslim students thought Islam was incompatible with democracy and nearly one in 10 had 'little respect' for Muslims.

Queen Mary college, part of London University, was highlighted in the research as a campus where radical views were widely held.

Last December, a speaker named Abu Mujahid encouraged Muslim students to condemn gays because 'Allah hates' homosexuality. In November, Azzam Tamimi, a British-based supporter of Hamas, described Israel as the most 'inhumane project in the modern history of humanity'.

James Brandon, deputy director at the Centre for Social Cohesion, said: 'Our researchers found a ghettoised mentality among Muslim students at Queen Mary. Also, we found the segregation between Muslim men and women at events more visible at Queen Mary.'

A spokesman for Queen Mary said the university was aware the preachers had visited but did not know the contents of their speeches.

She said: 'Clearly, we in no way associate ourselves with these views. However, also integral to the spirit of university life is free speech and debate and on occasion speakers will make statements that are deemed offensive.'

The report also found that 40 per cent of recipients said it was unacceptable for Muslim men and women to associate freely; 25 per cent  said they had little or no respect for gays.This figure was higher (32%) for male Muslim students. Among nonMuslims, the figure was only 4%.

A third of Muslim students interviewed supported the creation of a world-wide caliphate or Islamic state.

A number of terrorists have been radicalised at British universities. Kafeel Ahmed, who drove a flaming jeep into a building at Glasgow airport last year and died of his burns, is believed to have been radicalised while studying at Anglia Ruskin university, Cambridge.

Wes Streeting, president of the National Union of Students, branded the study as 'disgusting' saying the results only served as a 'reflection of the biases and prejudices of a right-wing think tank – not the views of Muslim students across Britain.'

He added: 'Only 632 Muslim students were asked vague and misleading questions, and their answers were wilfully misinterpreted.'

Some of the findings support previous research. A report by Policy Exchange last year found that 37 per cent of all Muslims aged 16-24 would prefer to live under a sharia system.

Baroness Warwick, chief executive of Universities UK, said: 'Violence, or the incitement to violence, has no place on a university campus.'



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