1/3 of UK's Muslim Students Support 'Jihad'

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CBNNews.com - LONDON - A new study shows that one-third of Britain's Muslim students support jihad ("holy" war), want Sharia (Islamic) law merged with UK law, and believe in a worldwide caliphate based on Sharia law.

The study was based on a report, entitled "Islam on Campus: A survey of UK Student Opinion," which was released Monday by the Center for Social Cohesion, headquartered in London.

Sixty percent of Muslim university students active in Islamic organizations on campus support jihad, meaning that killing in the name of Islam can be justified.

Fifty-eight percent of the same group want Sharia law incorporated into British law for Muslims and also believe in a worldwide caliphate based on Sharia law.

"Thee findings are deeply alarming," said Hannah Stuart, a researcher who co-authored the report.

"Students in higher education are the future leaders of their communities. Yet significant numbers of them appear to hold beliefs that contravene liberal, democratic values," she said.

"In addition, there are signs of growing religious segregation on campus. These results are deeply embarrassing for those who have said there is no extremism in British universities," she said.

Douglas Murray, director of the Center for Social Cohesion, said Islamic groups on campus, such as the Federation of Student Islamic Societies that promote a "highly conservative" view of Islam, do not represent all Muslim students.

"University authorities need to urgently take steps to reduce Islamist influence on campus," he said.

"Universities should be places where people of all faiths and backgrounds can come together in an environment of mutual tolerance," Murray said.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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