ROYALLY TICKED OFF: Anger Builds Up as Muslim Preacher Who Supports Female Genital Mutilation is Allowed to Speak at SOAS

fgmA London university has sparked a row by allowing a preacher who has spoken in support of female genital mutilation to give a talk on campus.

Haitham al-Haddad spoke at the School of Oriental and African studies on why lending money with interest is forbidden in Islam.

Dr al-Haddad, who gained a PhD at SOAS, has described homosexuality as a “criminal act” and said there is a “proper” way of performing FGM.

He has also argued that the authorities should not become involved in domestic disputes, saying: “A man should not be questioned why he hit his wife, because this is something between them.”

On Monday he spoke at an event organised by the SOAS Islamic Finance and Ethics society.

Raheem Kassam, director of Student Rights which campaigns against extremism on campuses, said: “He is the epitome of illiberal views that should have no place on university campuses.

“Everyone knows who he is now, there is no excuse. It is not like there is a lack of serious professional decent Islamic scholars in Britain.” A spokesman for SOAS student union said the event was “stewarded” to ensure the discussion remained “on topic”.

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