Muslim study association must pay back 600,000 grant kroner


Published 11 June 2024 at 11.09

Domestic. Region Stockholm demands that over 600,000 kroner in grants that went to the Muslim study association Ibn Rushd must be paid back. The reason is that the union's material is considered to be derogatory towards women, link Judaism to homosexuality and refer to Sharia law.

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The National Board of Education begins an investigation of the Ibn Rushd study association after reports that they allegedly violated Region Stockholm's so-called democratic conditions. A similar investigation is underway in Region Skåne.

The region has commissioned an external review of the study association Ibn Rushd's public education activities in Stockholm County during the year 2023. The review shows that there was material that, according to the review, could violate the Culture Committee's so-called democratic conditions and they have therefore decided to demand back the 600,000 kroner that was paid out in grants.

– What emerges in the Stockholm Region's investigation is very serious, and we will therefore start our own review of the study association's activities, says Morgan Öberg, head of the Norwegian State Grants Study Association at the National Board of Education.

At the end of last year, the National Board of Education stated that Ibn Rushd failed to comply with the state grant conditions. It was then about two materials on religious issues where the study association could not show that “democratic values” were highlighted. The Board of Education then decided that the association should repay SEK 146,900 in state grants and take concrete measures so that the identified deficiencies are not repeated.

– We are now making a comprehensive assessment of the student association's ability to convey and anchor respect for human rights and for fundamental democratic values, says Morgan Öberg, head of the Unit for State Grants for Student Unions at the National Education Council, in a press release.

The new information may therefore affect future decisions on state grants for student unions, according to the authority.