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Forcing scholars to support boycott of Qatar is ‘intellectual terrorism’

July 3, 2017 at 3:39 pm

Image of Ahmad Al-Raysouni, the Vice President of the World Union of Muslim Scholars [R4BIA/Facebook]

Attempts to force scholars and Muslim leaders to support the Arab boycott of Qatar amount to “intellectual terrorism”, the Vice President of the World Union of Muslim Scholars, Ahmad Al-Raysouni, has said.

“It is sad and regrettable that some Muslim countries have reached this point of stifling freedoms and suppressing voices,” he said during an interview with Al Jazeera.

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He added that “in Muslim countries, especially Saudi Arabia, there are a number of scholars who have been kidnapped and forcibly disappeared and suffer from torture and abuse which reminds us of the Inquisition.”

Al-Raysouni warned that extremism and suppressing freedoms will lead to civil unrest.