posted on Oct, 18 2006 @ 07:32 AM
MODS - not sure where this should go ... education, world event, etc ... I thought this was rather significant so I put it as a world event.
In the North part of France a Muslim University is opening. One of it's stated goals is to train Imams to better understand the West. Perhaps it is
hoped that with better understanding will come a more peaceful coexisting?? The article doesn't say that. It states that it is for better
understanding the west so as to further Muslim rights. But coexisting peacefully would be a nice byproduct. Or is that wishful thinking??
I have read stats that say France is 1/5 Muslim now and that it will be a majority Muslim within a generation or two.
I have mixed feelings about this university. IF the goal is to train future Imams to understand non-muslims and to get along peacefully (and pass
that information down to their flocks), then that's great. At the same time I don't know if having a separate university is in any way helpful for
integration of muslims into the western society that they live in. I'm not sure. I'll have to think about that.
The Qatari government and the city of Lille are backing the university.
Anyways .. the story is here for you to read.
edited to add name of government backing the university.
[edit on 10/18/2006 by FlyersFan]