Saudi Education Minister Takes More Action Against Qaradawi’s Writings

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Saudi media is reporting that Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Education has taken further action to remove the written works of Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi from Saudi educational institutions. According to the Saudi Gazette report:

June 13, 2007 Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Education Dr. Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al-Issa gave orders to ensure that there are no books and writings of Qaradawi in the libraries of universities, colleges, schools and education departments.

If they already exist, the minister said, authorities would ensure its withdrawal.

Qaradawi’s writings will also be banned from being published in the future, as it might be dangerous for the thoughts of the students due to the sensitivity and importance of this topic, the minister added.

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education has already banned the books of any party and intellectuals associated with harmful and extremist thoughts, and informed the heads of public and private schools to prevent the entry of any books or publications to school libraries in the centers of learning through donations, associations or parents, unless otherwise approved by the Agency for School Affairs.

Education authorities have also decided to set up a committee in each of the ministry’s departments to conduct tours of schools to ensure that they are free from books that violate regulations. They also emphasized the importance of the selection of officials to manage the sources of learning from reliable and experienced professionals with moderate thought. — Al Arabiya English

In December 2015, the GMBDW reported that Saudi education authorities had called for the removal of around 80 books from libraries and including those by Muslim Brotherhood ideologues Hassan Al Banna, Sayyed Qutb, and Youssef Qaradawi.

On Monday, we reported that he Saudi Muslim World League (MWL) had terminated the membership of Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi. As we detailed in that post, the Saudi actions against Qaradawi appear to be  completely at odds with Saudi policy concerning Qaradawi and the Global Muslim Brotherhood over the last years.

On June 5,  Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilising the region with its support for Islamist groups.

For a profile on Youssef Qaradawi, go here.

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