UK: Islamists lecturing on political Islam

UK: Islamists lecturing on political Islam

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London is organizing a Political Islam course to be held in a few weeks.

The five day course will feature academics and people involved in the area of political Islam, but it will also feature Islamists:

* Sheikh Abdualla Anas - Fought with the Afghan Mujahideen and the Algerian Islamic Salvation Front.  Founder of the 'Office of Services', the 'forerunner of al-Qaeda'.

* Dr Ibrahim El Moussaoui - former head of the foreign department at Al-Manar TV, the official media outlet of Hizbullah in Lebanon

* Dr Kamal Helbawy - Former spokesman of the International Organisation of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West.  A veteran activist involved in Islamist politics worldwide. He assisted in the creation of the Muslim Council of Britain and the Muslim Association of Britain.

* Professor Tariq Ramadan.

The Centre for Social Cohesion reports that the course is intended for govermnet officials and police, and participants will be paying up to £1890.

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