Apparently, over a quarter of visits by Islamic speakers to British universities resulted in segregated meetings. Last week, the controversy over gender segregation prompted the Prime Minister to intervene. This particular case of gender apartheid was for a “Dawah Training Course.” Dawah is proselytizing or inviting conversion to Islam.
She is an extremely courageous woman who has struck out at Islamic fanatics and mullahs whose sole passion in life is to come up with the most perverse interpretations of the Quran, so that they can live out their dark fantasies born of obscurantism and twisted notions of patriarchy. Ms Nasreen gave up her profession as a qualified physician to take on radical Islamists who had begun to gather strength under the tutelage of Bangladesh Nationalist Party.
Another great film classic tonight for our Saturday Night Cinema feature, The Heiress. Olivia DeHavilland is briliant as the mealy-mouthed mouse plain-Jane daughter of wealthy widower Dr. Austin Sloper (Ralph Richardson). Some of the best scenes of the picture are between DeHavilland and Richardson.