Wahhabism and funding of Western universities

This file photo shows a sign for the University of Oxford

Over the past decade, Saudi Arabia has been the largest source of donations from Islamic states and royal families to cash-strapped British universities, much of which is devoted to the study of Islam, the Middle East and Arabic literature.

A large share of this money went toward establishing Islamic study centers. These include top universities like Oxford and Cambridge.

The funding of research in Western universities creates potential structural biases both in terms of the direction of the research undertaken as well as the results of the research.

The output that is produced from any of these universities needs to be scrutinized for the influence that Saudi and Qatari money has brought to bear on the outputs.

The influencing of the narratives that Western figures of authority put out will influence how people will interact with world realities based on their perception of realities.

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