Islamic studies ‘will counter ignorance’

The Sydney Morning Herald reports today:

Australia’s first National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies will help counter ignorance of Muslim culture in a time of worldwide tension and unrest, Vocational and Further Education Minister Andrew Robb says.

Speaking at the opening at the University of Melbourne, Mr Robb said the centre was partially modelled on the Centre for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University in Washington DC, whose academics help the US government make decisions on Islamic affairs.

Not everyone is impressed with the project. Here’s a completely over-the-top response from another academic — Dr Ali Paul White from the University of Western Sydney — who dubbed it the “Centre of Kufr” (kufr means ‘disbelief’) and an “evil project”.


#1 dawood on 10.27.07 at 7:27 am

I agree – over the top to the extreme… There are a number of Shuyukh and other community people liaising with, or actually on the advisory board of the institute, so I am interested in seeing what is happening.

#2 Antish on 10.28.07 at 11:02 am

Every whacko ideology needs its Pauline Hanson. Dr White is actually better than Hanson for a laugh, combining her two-year-old worldbiew with a decent vocabulary.

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