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Dense satire dressed in the finest attire

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There is something quite quarrelsome about the Islam on Campus, Centre for Social Cohesion think-tank ‘study’. I read the report with a collective mood of ambiguity, antagonism and disorientation. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am all for community cohesion in regards to tackling violent extremism, but what that has to do with the headline-grabbing tactics of groups such as CfSC is a mystery for both you and I. The NUS said “This disgusting report is a reflection of the biases and prejudices of a right wing think tank – not the views of Muslim students across Britain. Only 632 Muslim students were asked vague and misleading questions, and their answers were then wilfully misinterpreted in order to fit this organisation’s own tawdry obsession with Islam.” I couldn’t have said it any better myself.


Let us look at what shapes our psyche. To insist on consistency, transparency and clarity is not a crime. The report is weak and bears no similarity to the reality of Islamic societies in the UK. Not only does the dim ‘study’ disparage the intellectual integrity of British Muslim students, it is quite simply a dense satire dressed in the finest attire.


There are 90,000 Muslim students in British universities, and the report’s findings were based on 632 of them.  Okay, lets do some math, 632/90000 = 0.007% Wait so that’s all of 0.007% of the British Muslim student populace that we’re basing a “study” on? Since when are the views of less than 1% considered the majority? I cannot for the life of me, understand how this flawed report; can have any sort of ‘credibility.’


The reality is that the diminutive extreme voices on campus have little to do with Islamic societies because they are often shunned for their extreme views. Students that join the Islamic societies are the typical, average Muslims, who joins the Isoc for spiritual enrichment, just the same as the Christians that join the CU and the like, not potential terrorist recruiters. Those of us who represent the bulk of Muslims, Christians and Jews have an immense responsibility.


Douglas Murray, director of the think tank has written a book entitled “Neo-conservatism: Why we need it” and has openly made comments such as “Abroad we must continue our work at taking the war to the terrorists. We are winning that war, and we should extend that war.”


So much for ‘social cohesion’— our times really are obstinate. The CfSC’s “study” is merely a representation of the right wing think tank and its sister think tank Policy Exchange, using the pretence of societal solidity when CfSC’s true agenda is advocating anything but social cohesion, beneath the thin coating of their virtue a rather distinct lack of integrity emerges, a synonymous with dis-integration. The report has been refuted, so much so that it no longer holds any genuine reliability. Of course, there are those who will still choose to accept this facade as justifiable, but that says a lot about their predispositions as a substitute to their adherence to apt evidences.






Written by Magda M Ali

September 20, 2008 at 4:12 pm

Posted in Features, Student life