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Written by Student Rights on 6 December 2011 at 11am

Leicester hosts iEra speaker: Hamza Tzortzis

HTOn Wednesday 7th December the University of Leicester will host Hamza Tzortzis as the speaker at an event entitled ‘The Book that Shook the World: The Miracle of the Quran”.

Student Rights has raised the issue of the former Hizb-ut-Tahrir member visiting campuses unopposed before, yet universities still give this man an unchallenged platform. A key member of the Hittin Institute, an organisation which publishes papers such as ‘Liberalism and its Effect on Society’, Hamza has argued that liberal values have caused a “social crisis” and that “the workable solution is the Islamic Social Model”.

These ideals that correlate closely with the Islamist political ideology have also led to him saying that “we as Muslims reject the idea of freedom of speech, and even the idea of freedom”. As well as this, his associations with the Islamic Education and Research Academy (IERA) is cause for concern. This organisation lists as its director Abdurraheem Green. In the past Green has said that a husband may use “physical force... a very light beating” against his wife and has argued that “Islam is not compatible with democracy”.

The fact that Tzortzis is still being invited onto campuses to speak on unopposed platforms demonstrates that universities are nowhere near where they should be when it comes to challenging views being pushed upon students.

Student Rights calls for Leicester University to ensure that the event is an open one, and to make clear to their students Tzortzis’s views and affiliations.