Thursday, December 15, 2005
Wahhabi Funding to Harvard?
Saudi prince donates $40 million for Islamic studies
BOSTON -- A Saudi prince believed to be the wealthiest businessman in the Muslim world has donated $40 million for Harvard and Georgetown to expand their Islamic studies programs, the schools announced yesterday. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud, who gave $20 million to each university, is a nephew of the late King Fahd and worth upward of $20 billion, according to Forbes magazine, which ranked him fifth its 2005 list of the world's richest billionaires. Harvard and Georgetown officials said they will use the gifts to add faculty members and scholarships and expand their Islamic studies curricula.
"Bridging the understanding between East and West is important for peace and tolerance," Prince Alwaleed said in a statement issued by both schools.
Harvard, which is naming its newly created program after Alwaleed, already has nearly two dozen faculty members researching or teaching in the field of Islamic studies.
So does anyone think this program will be anything other than Wahhabi propaganda funded by the Saudi Royal Family? It's a shame when our AMERICAN schools are funded by foreign sources that are antithetical to our best interests. Harvard and Georgetown should be ashamed of themselves.