World Bulletin / News Desk
Islamic Studies students applying to study at Tashkent University in Uzbekistan have described their university entry exam as a 'scandal' after they found questions probing their opinions regarding the Central Asian state's secular laws.
One applicant wrote a letter to the Ozodlik radio station complaining that the questions asked were based upon anti-Islamic policies, leaving students in a dilemma.
According to the letter, the university asked questions regarding the students' opinion on the headscarf and whether they felt it was necessary in today's day and age. The student complained that had one answered 'no', they answer would go against their religion, but if they said 'yes', they would fall at odds with the state, which bans headscarves in public buildings.
Another question asked students what 'Islamic groups' they were aware of, which applicants considered to be a trick question to find out their political opinions.
A representative from the university admitted to the radio station that these questions were asked and that they had been selected by the university's professors.
Although Islam is by far the dominant religion in Uzbekistan, with Muslims constituting 90-96% of the population, political expressions of Islam as well as open displays of Islamic symbols are largely suppressed in the country.Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Ağustos 2014, 16:22