Written by Student Rights on 28 September 2011 at 3pm

New term, same problems...

Tzortzis_1560731cTOMORROW evening, the 'supercool guest speaker' (their description, not ours) Hamza Tzortzis will be giving a speech at the University of Nottingham. He's discussing the idea of 'Developing your Islamic Identity at University' in a talk that will evidently be aimed at the impressionable young freshers who are signing up to the university's Islamic Society. But we wonder whether they know who Tzortzis is, or what he stands for:

We as Muslims reject the idea of freedom of speech, and even the idea of freedom. We see under the Khilafa (caliphate), when people used to engage in a positive way, this idea of freedom was redundant, it was unnecessary, because the society understood under the education system of the Khilafa state, and under the political framework of Islam, that people must engage with each other in a positive and productive way to produce results, as the Qur’an says, to get to know one another.

- Hamza Andreas Tzortzis

But presumably the ISOC haven't been handing out pamphlets to this event with this quote on it. Nor have they told their members that Tzortzis was, up until 2009 by his own admission, a member of the extreme political group Hizb-ut-Tahrir. He may have attempted to distance himself from the group but Hamza's affiliations with groups like iEra, who boast the likes of Abdur Raheem Green on the staff proves that this mans views haven't changed much.

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