A recent development in a two-year-old corruption scandal — involving the so-called “Islamic University of Europe” in the Netherlands — has renewed public interest in the institution, involving tax fraud.
Its rector, professor Nedim Bahçekapılı, has gone missing after Dutch prosecutors decided to arrest him as part of an investigation addressing the school’s “tax evasion of millions of Euros, corruption, and opening fraudulent classes.” The Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security said that the rector could not be found and is believed to have left the country.
Less attention has been paid, however, to the dangerous course content of the Rotterdam-based school, which, in 2016, was stripped by the Dutch Parliament of its “university” status for financial reasons.
A 2012 Turkish YouTube video describes the “Islamic University” as a school “established in 2001 to build an aware and cultivated European Muslim identity in Europe and to promote Islam, which is considered by the Dutch to be an unwanted and feared religion, with proper language, and to bring to life the mentality that is ‘to serve humanity is to serve Islam.'”
Bahçekapılı’s lectures are in keeping with this mission. One such lecture glorifies the eighth-century Muslim military invasion of Spain and the establishment there of the Islamic state of Al-Andalus (Andalusia):
“About 80 years after Prophet Mohammed’s death, Muslims conquered all of North Africa and through the Strait of Gibraltar, they reached Spain… According to an account, Muslim commander Tariq ibn Ziyad burned down the [Muslim soldiers’] ships there to make them feel desperate, but at the same time even more resistant and motivated. And that army became victorious in the war there. Muslims then established a Muslim state there called Al-Andalus. It remained a state for 800 years. The state eventually fell, but the Muslim presence there has continued to this day. There are still Muslims of Spanish origin in some villages.”
Bahçekapılı also describes how supposedly enlightened Islamic rule was in Al-Andalus: