A report commissioned by Sweden's Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) to look into the influence of the Islamist organization the Muslim Brotherhood in the country has sparked debate, with a number of researchers disputing the methodology used and conclusions reached.
It also claims that there is an "established structure of values among the country's political elite which stipulate how as a citizen you should approach 'minorities'".
But in a blog post signed by 22 Swedish researchers specializing in religious studies, the claims were labelled as "almost conspiracy-theory like", and the study accused of ignoring previous research, lacking sources, and basing conclusions on personal views rather than evidence.
Who is funding this "collective Islamic research"? Saudi Arabia? The Muslim Brotherhood, or one of its offshoots?The idea that Islamists are secretly building a parallel society in Sweden is, according to the 22 researchers "a conclusion which goes against the collective research" in the field.
"The major shortcoming of the report is that it seems to be completely unaware of Islamic research which currently exists at Swedish and Nordic universities," Lund University professor of Islamic studies Jan Hjärpe, who was one of the 22 researchers to sign the blog post, told The Local...
Questions the scribbler who penned this piece for The Local should have asked.