Visiting Lecturer

Visiting University Lecturer

The original wikipedia profile stated that Ansar was a “visiting university lecturer” but in the discussion about the deletion of the wikipedia article, no reference was provided to support this claim[1]
Ansar’s wix profile states: “visiting lecturer on Islamophobia, Islam in contemporary Britain and Theology”. Ansar’s twitter profile currently claims that he is a “Visiting Lecturer”[2].

The evidence will now be examined below.

University of Winchester

There is no evidence on the University of Winchester’s website that Ansar was a visiting university lecturer at the University[3]. To be a visiting lecturer, the minimum required qualification is “a degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline and a post graduate qualification is desirable”[4]. There is no indication that he has been educated beyond Grammar school level in any of his online bios.

Peter Symonds College

Peter Symonds College is a 6th form college, so perhaps Mohammed Ansar gained some form of Level 3 qualification there. Alternatively, Ansar may not have been educated at Peter Symonds College, although the South East England Faiths Forum board member bio states that: “he established the first multifaith chaplaincy at the largest college in the country and still runs a weekly session with his students.”[5]. Peter Symonds college is not the largest in the country[6], so perhaps this is a typo, and instead the bio meant to say that Peter Symonds College is the largest in the county of Hampshire.

Horndean Technology College

Horndean Technology College were delighted to welcome Mohammed Ansar to the school to give a talk to some very lucky students.

Ansar is a “Muslim political and social commentator”. He is also a representative of the muslim community.

Mr. Ansar was only happy to talk to students at HTC, who are considering studying religious studies at GCSE level.

Ansar gave his thoughts on the 9/11 and 7/7 incidents, protecting his religion. He also told the students what a muslim really is.

Mohammed Ansar was truly a credit to his religion, by allowing students to express their views on the muslim topic.[22]

As mentioned in the wikipedia AfD on Mohammed Ansar, “The use of the label ‘lecturer’ is misleading in this case as it implies academic qualifications.” and therefore this has been deleted from the bio.

Visiting Lecturer In Theology

Since April 2012, Ansar has claimed several times to be either a theologian or a lecturing theologian: [7][8][9]. No reference has been made by Ansar publicly as to his theological qualifications and no record exists on any university website for a visiting lecturer in Theology of that name.

Talks and Debates at various Universities

Southampton University Islamic Society

In January 2011, Ansar chaired a debate hosted at Southampton University Islamic Society between Clive Thorn and Adnan Rashid of the iERA/Hittin Institute[10][11].

On 25 September 2012, Ansar announced he was “speaking at the University of Southampton this Friday”[12], 28th September 2012.

University College London Union Debating Society

In January 2013, Ansar was one of four guest speakers participating in a debate organised by University College London Union’s Debating Society, entitled This house believes that religion does more harm than good[13].

York Islamic Society

In February 2013, Ansar delivered a “talk”[14] for York Islamic Society entitled Islam and Britain and the Muslim Civil Rights Crisis [15]. The lecture opened with a conspiracy theory about Muslims having intermarried with native Americans before the arrival of Columbus in 1492.

Mo Ansar’s ‘Academic’ Papers”

On 27th June 2013, Mohammed Ansar self-published a non-peer reviewed document to academia.edu entitled Islamophobia and the Muslim Civil Rights Crisis, after creating a profile as an ‘independent’ especially for the purpose of publishing his document. One would perhaps expect an academic with such experience in diversity as Ansar claims, to have at least some followers in academia. To date, he has received 3 profile views, no followers, and at the time of writing (14th April 2014), had received only 13 document views.

Lovell Lecture

In April 2013, Mo Ansar announced that he’d been “invited to give this year’s Lovell Lecture to be held at Winchester Cathedral in October.”[16]. This refers to the annual Lovell Interfaith Lecture[17] organised jointly by Winchester University, Winchester Cathedral and the Lovell Family, and ought not to be confused with the annual Lovell Lecture held at Jodrell Bank in honour of Sir Bernard Lovell[18].
On 8 October 2013, Mo Ansar gave a lecture at Winchester Cathedral entitled ‘Facing Secularism Together’. He was presented to the audience as: “a political and social commentator who regularly appears on British television and radio and has extensive experience in countering extremism”.

Educationalist

Mohammed Ansar appeared on BBC Radio 4 World at One on 14th April 2014, and claimed to be an ‘educationalist’.
Transcript
Martha Kearney: We’re joined now from Southampton by the political commentator, Mohammed Ansar.
Mo Ansar: “I don’t – We have to welcome the fact that there’s going to be proper investigation. Initially, the governor of we have to be very very cautious think
Martha Kearney: Although it does seem that there are a number of allegations. The council has said. as though there are
Mo Ansar: And allegations do need to be investigated. We did need to keep in mind we are living in a n era where there is a new McCarthyism – witchunts against Muslims. Whether you’re an elected mayor in East London, or whether you’re a social commentator for that end, or whether you’re a Muslim school. I mean, these schools that we are talking about live in and function in very deprived areas. 80% of Muslims live below the poverty line. And just achieving C-grades and above, and that’s been an incredible turnaround. And sadly, I think these things are going to detract from the things they’ve done.
The fact that they are being called Islamic plots and Trojan Horses.
Martha Kearney. Can you be certain that there isn’t any truth in these allegations.
Mo Ansar: Journalistic integrity We are now living in an era where unfounded spurious allegations from anonymous sources are coming to light. why Michael Gove to throw away the rule book on Ofsted inspections. And there are some concerns that he actually shares the ideology of some anti-Muslim groups.
Martha Kearney: Well that’s a serious allegation.
Mo Ansar: well I spoke to a senior government minister last year. I think these are incredibly serious and worrying situations
Department of Education. it was because Michael Gove himself didn’t find him extreme.
Martha Kearney:
Mo Ansar: I’ve been an educationalist for many many years, as well as select committees. we want to . Ethic minorities and
Martha Kearney: Mohammed Ansar, thank you for joining us.

Mohammed Ansar has also claimed to be an educationalist several times on twitter:

  • @MoAnsar: The government is not interested in educating our youth – speaking as an educationalist working with govt.[19]
  • @MoAnsar: @jackazzjackazz @greg_jenner @Bettany_Hughes Beyond this, as an educationalist, our curricula have keep its contribution at arms length..[20]
  • @MoAnsar: @LutherBlissetts Have you been to a school lately? As an educationalist, no acknowledgement is made whatsoever to the Islamic contributions.[21]
  • @MoAnsar: [22]
  • @MoAnsar: [23]
  • @MoAnsar: [24]
  • @MoAnsar: [25]
  • @MoAnsar: [26]

References

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