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Posted on 04/18/2004 6:52:12 PM PDT by Pikamax
Eton to appoint imam to help understanding of Islam (Filed: 18/04/2004)
Eton College is to become the first top public school in the country to appoint an imam to help pupils gain an understanding of Islamic culture and thought.
Pupils at Eton will have the opportunity to learn Arabic Tony Little, the headmaster of the Berkshire school, has written to parents to reassure them that the school will remain an Anglican, Christian school.
The school, which has taught 18 British prime ministers, is also to offer Arabic as a language for the first time from this September to increase better understanding of the Muslim world.
The imam, who is a trained Muslim cleric will also attend to the needs of around 20 Muslim pupils who attend the exclusive £21,000 a year school.
The appointment of Oxford graduate Monawar Hussain has already been supported by many who say it is a positive initiative on behalf of Eton and a sign that many traditional British institutions are changing.
The school currently has a Roman Catholic chaplain and a Jewish tutor as well as its four Anglican priests caring for the spiritual well-being of its 1,290 boys aged 13 to 18.
The appointment has been funded by the London-based Karim Rida Said Foundation, founded in 1986 to promote better understanding of Islam in the West.
The charity worth some £22 million, also runs projects in Syria, Iraq, Jordan, the Lebanon and Palestine educating and aiding disadvantaged Arab children.
Nothing like a little oil money to grease the wheels of academia.
Over 14,000 Britons have embraced Islam, according to the UKs Sunday Times...
The faith has made inroads into the Establishment. It emerged this weekend that the great-granddaughter of a British prime minister has converted. Emma Clark, whose ancestor, the Liberal Prime Minister Herbert Asquith, took Britain into the First World War, said: Were all the rage; I hope its not a passing fashion.
Btw don't forget that twit Prince Charles has a thing for Islam too...
ME Forum: Prince Charles of Arabia
Daniel Pipes: Is Prince Charles a Convert to Islam?
Sunnah.org: Prince Charles Praises Islam
IslamOnLine: Prince Charles To Islamically Makeover Garden
I miss the days when Prince Charles simply wished to be Camillias "Tampax"...
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