“Learning Jihad”: read the Sharia Watch UK report

Learning JihadSharia Watch UK (SWUK) has now published its report about student radicalisation, “Learning Jihad: Islamists in British Universities”.

You can read the full report here (PDF).

SWUK Spokesperson Anne Marie Waters was due to present the report on Wednesday 12 November 2014 at the University of West London (UWL), and LSS Secretary Charlie Klendjian was also due to speak. The event had been organised by UWL’s Law Society but unfortunately, with just over 24 hours to go, UWL decided to cancel the event.

UWL’s reasons for cancelling the event were that they were concerned about bad PR and a lack of balance. UWL also claim that the UWL Law Society did not follow various administrative procedures for event booking – something strongly denied by UWL Law Society President Jay Marshall. You can read more about the cancellation of the event here.

The LSS urges people to read and share this report. In particular there are some clear conclusions from the report, including this section:

“There is endless debate about the “cause” of radicalisation. There is no shortage of theories placing the blame squarely on the shoulders of external actors and external factors. Perhaps the time is finally upon us to ask whether the “cause” of Islamic radicalisation is within Islam itself.”

Commenting, LSS Secretary Charlie Klendjian said:

“This is an important report that Sharia Watch UK has put together, and we thank them for it.

“Reading the report is like watching a car crash. Whether the subject is extremists on campus, censorship, anti-Semitism or gender segregation, a clear picture develops of a very concerning state of affairs. And let’s remember that the National Union of Students couldn’t even bring themselves to pass a motion condemning Islamic State – on the basis it supposedly amounted to “blatant Islamophobia”.

“The LSS reiterates its disgust at UWL’s decision to cancel the event on 12 November, and we call on them again to allow the UWL Law Society to reschedule it without delay. It is clear from this report that a full and frank discussion of the relationship between Islam and universities is desperately needed.”

Image credit above: Sharia Watch UK

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