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Much of the money has gone to Islamic study centres: the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies received £75 million from a dozen Middle Eastern rulers, including the late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia; one of the current king’s nephews, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, gave £8 million each to Cambridge and Edinburgh.
Then there was the LSE’s own Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, which got £9 million from the United Arab Emirates; this week, a majority of the centre’s board was revealed to be pushing for a boycott of Israel.
But while it will take the LSE quite some time to regain a seat at the table of respectability, it is not the only university that has reason to feel ashamed.
The LSE is said to have received no more than £300,000 of the £1.5 million it was due from Libya.
He asked Mesrati to send him more stories, and said he might arrange for some to be translated into English and published in Banipal, the magazine of modern Arab literature of which Shimon is now editor.
Shimon also asked Mesrati to send him a photograph of himself, and recalls his astonishment when a picture of “a young boy” arrived.
The Zintan militia, which opposes Libya's UN-backed government of National Accord (GNA) based in the capital, had refused to hand him over to authorities despite several legal cases.
Note: if you're interested in the Pope, please check out our upcoming sister site, Crux: Covering all things Catholic.And unlike those of some other Arab writers, Mesrati’s stories need virtually no editing when submitted for publication.Shimon thinks Mesrati has benefitted from his wide reading, including of English-language writers, and other writers in English translation.Seif al-Islam had been held in Zintan since November 2011, just days after his father was killed in a NATO-backed uprising against his decades-long rule.The Zintan militia, which opposes Libya's UN-backed govt of National Accord, had refused to hand him over to authorities despite several legal cases.