A Muslim convert to Christianity said he was barred by an Oxford University lecturer from asking questions critical of Islam.
Iranian-born Shahriar Ashrafkhorasani — who's studying to become a Church of England priest — said the lecturer pointed at him during a seminar and said, “Everybody can ask a question except you,” Heat Street reported.
The outlet said Ashrafkhorasani has issued a formal complaint accusing the university of discrimination and bias, adding that the lecturer is Minlib Dallh, a research fellow at Regent’s Park College in Oxford.
Ashrafkhorasani, 33, said after Dallh learned during a seminar coffee break that he's a convert from Islam who was persecuted in Iran, the lecturer wouldn't let him ask questions critical of Dallh's description of Islam as a religion of peace and love, Heat Street reported.
Three students confirmed Ashrafkhorasani's assertion, the outlet said, citing the Sunday Times of London.
Heat Street said Ashrafkhorasani, a master's student in applied theology, added that Dallh's lecture "was at best a very poor Islamic apologetic, and at worst academically dishonest and misleading. While the government is rightly concerned about Islamophobia, there is no concern whatsoever for Christianophobia.”
The outlet noted Oxford's response: “All complaints made to the proctors’ office are treated with the utmost seriousness and with the interests of the student paramount.”