Monday, July 28, 2008

Nearly one third of Muslim students in Britain believe it can be acceptable to kill in the name of religion, according to a new survey

It also found that 40% want to see the introduction of Islamic sharia law in Britain, 40% think it wrong for Muslim men and women to mix freely together, and 33% want to see a worldwide Islamic government based on sharia law. The findings were described by researchers at the Centre for Social Cohesion think tank, which commissioned the poll, as 'deeply alarming'. The Centre for Social Cohesion, founded last year to study religion and tolerance, has drawn attention to the extremist influence of Islamic societies and study centres at British universities. The survey was based on a YouGov poll of 1,400 students, 600 of them Muslims, at 12 universities with influential Islamic societies. These included eight in London, among them the London School of Economics, Imperial College, and the School of Oriental and African Studies, and the universities of Birmingham, Leeds, Leicester and Manchester. It found that a large minority of Muslim students express views that are strongly socially conservative or which suggest they are open to extremist thinking.

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