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University where 20% of students are Muslim considers alcohol-free zones

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A London university is considering establishing alcohol-free zones on its campuses because so many of its students consider drinking to be immoral.

Professor Malcolm Gillies, vice-chancellor of London Metropolitan University, said the selling of alcohol was an issue of “cultural sensitivity” at his institution where a fifth of students are Muslim.

Speaking to a conference of university administrators in Manchester, he said that for many students, drinking alcohol was “an immoral experience”.

“Because there is no majority ethnic group [at London Metropolitan], I think [selling alcohol] is playing to particular parts of our society much more [than to others],” he was reported as saying in the Times Higher Education magazine.

The student mix at London Metropolitan University

“Alcohol is a barrier to many Muslim students participating in freshers’ events and often in society activities, so we are in support of moves to have alcohol-free zones and events,” she said. “However, if a student wants to drink, we don’t want to ban them from doing that.”


Posted by on April 12, 2012. Filed under Education,Future,Interfaith tolerance,Islam,Religion,UK. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

One Response to University where 20% of students are Muslim considers alcohol-free zones

  1. Humaira Latif

    April 13, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    It’s really good & humanitarian of Metropolitan university to take this mega step to promote respect & tolerance! Love for all, hatred for none.

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