- Several gulf states ‘intentionally’ exporting Islamic extremism to UK, report says
- This is done through grants to mosques and education funding, authors claim
- Saudi Arabia ‘is undoubtedly at the top of the list’ of countries funding efforts
- Henry Jackson Society is calling for full and open public inquiry into the issue
Saudi Arabia is ‘at the top of the list’ of countries exporting extremist Islam to the UK, a new report says.
The kingdom has engaged in a 60-year, multi-million dollar campaign to advance its extremist brand of Wahhabi Islam in British Muslim communities, according to a study by the Henry Jackson Society.
This has been achieved through endowment grants to mosques, the funding of Islamic education institutions and the training of imams, the report authors say.
‘A clear and growing link‘ can be drawn between this overseas money, which originates in several Gulf states and Iran, and atrocities in the UK and throughout Europe, the society found.
The report identifies what it calls ‘an intentional and systematic policy’ by these states to ‘advance an illiberal and at times anti-Western version of the Islamic religion’ in Western countries.