Britain’s Bitter Harvest of Saidism and Saudi-Funded Islamic Hagiography

 

Anthony Glees: “Britain’s universities will have to generate two national cultures: one non-Muslim and largely secular, the other Muslim…We will have two identities, two sets of allegiance and two legal and political systems. This must, by the Government’s own logic, hugely increase the risk of terrorism.”

 

Ibn Warraq’s brilliant evisceration of Edward Said’s pseudo-intellectual fraudulence notwithstanding, the charlatan’s web and his legacy continue to afflict and imperil the West, engendering simultaneous Western self-loathing, and Islamic hagiography, fueled by cash infusions from the Saudi oil ticks.

 

Read this utterly depressing report in today’s (4/13/08) London Telegraph about the abysmal state of “Islamic Studies” in Dhimmi Britain, and the lonely, intrepid efforts of Anthony Glees, director of Brunel University’s Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies.

 

 

 

Key excerpt:

 

Prof Glees says Government policies “push the wrong sort of education by the wrong sort of people, funded by the wrong sorts of donor.”

 

He added: “The Government must reconsider its far-reaching, security-driven 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.”

 

He called on the Government to ban universities from accepting money from Saudi or Islamic groups to fund Islamic studies; for all university donations to be made public, and for a public inquiry into foreign funding. Major donations include £20 million from the late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia towards the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, due to open next year, which is associated to the university.

 

Prof Glees’s report claims that over the past five years, 70 per cent of politics lectures at the Middle Eastern Centre at St Antony’s College, Oxford, were “implacably hostile” to the West and Israel – an allegation denied by Oxford.

 

Prof Glees says universities are so strapped for cash that they risk being “held over a barrel”, with no option but to accept donations. He said: “Britain’s universities will have to generate two national cultures: one non-Muslim and largely secular, the other Muslim.

“We will have two identities, two sets of allegiance and two legal and political systems. This must, by the Government’s own logic, hugely increase the risk of terrorism.”

Andrew G. Bostom is the author of The Legacy of Jihad (Prometheus, 2005) and The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism ” (Prometheus, November, 2008)

You can contact Dr. Bostom at @andrewbostom.org

5 responses to “Britain’s Bitter Harvest of Saidism and Saudi-Funded Islamic Hagiography

  1. An Oxford University spokesman said: “The university has not seen Prof Glees’s report. If any allegations have been made that funders influence or bias the methods, outcomes, or political stances taken in research and teaching at Oxford, the university categorically denies them.”

    A spokesman for Universities UK, the umbrella organisation for universities, said: “All academic programmes in the UK, including Islamic studies, are subject to the UK’s rigorous and independent quality assurance procedures.” from the linked article

    This is how administrators among the self-governing educated class – also among our would-be and erstwhile guardians – reassure themselves. “Follow the money” and neo-Marxian critiques of the already cossetted privileged class, suddenly and conveniently, no longer has cache; bland self-assurances and self-regard in lieu of transparency and self-critique.

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  3. Actually, Professor Glees’s prohphecy is quite off the mark.

    Eventually, if things go on as they are, Britain will have only one identity, I’m afraid.

    And it won’t be an infidel identity.

    HAID

  4. Sorry. Make that prophecy.

    Oy.

  5. Prof Glees’ seems to be one of the only voices in British academia that is trumpeting the demise of Islamic/ME studies in the UK. There are sadly just a few places to study Islam anywhere in the world with any modicum of objectivity: Rice University in the States with Prof David Cook (http://cohesion.rice.edu/humanities/reli/faculty.cfm?doc_id=752) and King’s College London with Prof Efraim Karsh (http://www.kcl.ac.uk/schools/humanities/med/who/karsh/) are two places that spring to mind.

    To quibble with Prof Glees on one thing: Islamic culture is not and can never be ‘national’, but he is right that we risk the creation of two parallel systems – legal, political and cultural – in the UK. Unless we can rediscover, promote and ruthlessly defend the Anglospheric values of civil liberty.