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.”

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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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