New York University to become New York Ummah? Dialouges group partially funded by Qatar whose chief cleric promotes suicide bombing
September 16, 2005
MIM: The Dialouges group is intended to 'give the Muslim point of view' and receives funding from Qatar, whose chief cleric Yusuf Qaradawi issued a fatwa condoning women suicide bombers. Qaradawi is banned from entering the US bacause of ties to terrrorism. Qaradawi also ruled that the women who intended to commit suicide could go out without a male escort and did not need to cover their hair if that would facilitate the attack.
MIM: The Mission statement of the NYU Dialouges is "largely focused on Muslim claims and viewpoints" so what better way to find out more from Yusuf Qaradawi of Qatar, whose government (of which he is an employee) is helping to fund this endeavor. Al Qaradawi recently gave an interview to BBC which can be read below in which he praised "martyrdom operations". Qatar is listed as one of the dialouge funders but Qaradawi who has a popular television show in Qatar epitomises the countrie's view of Islam.
A program of New York University, Dialogues: Islamic World-U.S.-The West was established in the aftermath of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, which highlighted the urgent need for greater communication among and about the Islamic World, the United States, and the West. With the attacks focusing the world's attention on extremist movements in the Middle East and Islamic Asia, political commentators have been seeking, and often failing, to explain the political and social roots of these movements and their accompanying grievances against the West and the United States. The program has been launched as a structured forum for sustained dialogue involving voices from the various religious, intellectual, economic, and political sectors of Islamic and American/Western societies, including those non-elite Islamic figures with proven credibility in their communities who are too often unheard in the West. Dialogues is largely focused on Muslim claims and viewpoints, as well as on efforts to understand various Islamic social and political movements. But the program also involves a discussion of the Western value system, for true dialogue cannot be constructed as a one-way street.
Dialogues is committed to a number of academic, policy, and outreach activities, including conferences on a variety of topics of critical importance today—the clash of perceptions, elections, the nature of authority in the Islamic world and in the West, Muslims in the West, the role of the media, and education, among others. These will result in the development of policy recommendations; government leaders and other relevant authorities and organizations, including media decision-makers, will attend the meetings in order to both help effect policy change and alter public perceptions. In addition, findings from the program will be published as policy papers as well as in book and possibly CD-ROM form and will be disseminated to educational institutions worldwide for use by students, faculty, and researchers. Moreover, Dialogues is creating a network of leaders who will continue to communicate with and consult one another formally and informally for years to come—a valuable network for negotiating peace in times of crisis. Ultimately, dialogue should extend to the general population, thus allowing the widest possible scope of participation and expression.
Dialogues is funded by Carnegie Corporation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. The conference in Granada received additional funding from El legado andalusí. The Amman Workshop on Islam and Elections was funded in large part by Majlis El Hassan. We are pleased to announce that the state of Qatar has joined the ranks of our funders.
With the situation in the Middle East more critical than ever, Dialogues' work is crucial to world peace and security. Through dialogue, Muslim and Western community leaders can dispel the current climate of anger, check extremist trends, and lay the foundations for a more comprehensive and lasting peace through mutually beneficial interaction.
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Lisa Anderson (U.S.)>
Dialogues: Islamic World–U.S.–The West
MIM: According to Islam for Today Qaradawi is one of the 'most temperate Islamic speakers'. The Qatari funders of the NYU Dialouge group can be expected advocate and adhere the same Islamist beliefs which Qaradawi, as their chief cleric, espouses.The article boasts that "Dr. Qaradawi's wrtings have found general acceptance among all sectors of the Muslim world" which implies that no country can afford to doubt that there are suicide bomber wannabes waiting in the wings.
Dr. al Qaradawi is considered one of the most temperate Islamic thinkers, and as one of those who combine traditional knowledge of the Shariah with an understanding of contemporary problems (fiqh al waqi'). Indeed, Dr. Qaradawi's writings have found general acceptance among all sectors of the Muslim world, and many of his works have been translated into various Muslim and other languages..." http://www.islamfortoday.com/qaradawi.htm
MIM: Shakedown 101: NYU's Muslim Student Alumni Association held a career workshop which focused on how Muslims could force their employers to meet their religious needs and legal means of forcing them to comply. What has escaped the bright lights of the Muslim Student Association at NYU is that most employers who know about CAIR's shakedown tactics might rightly feel that they had better avoid trouble in the first place by not hiring a Muslim to begin with. Which would be the subject of another course entitled: Advanced Shakedown: How to sue for discrimination upon not getting hired when your boss objects to your implementing shari'a in the workplace.