The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood isnâ€™t the only Islamist group funding American universities. The Iranian regime has done the same thing on a massive scale through its New York-based front, the Alavi Foundation. The Foundationâ€™s website openly lists 30 â€œacademic institutionsâ€ in the U.S. and Canada it has awarded grants to.
The Alavi Foundation is accused of funneling money to an Iranian bank linked to the nuclear program. The president of the Foundation, Farshid Jahedi, pled guilty to destroying evidence before it could be submitted to the grand jury. The Manhattan District Attorneyâ€™s Office investigations chief, Adam Kaufmann, said â€œWe found evidence that the government of Iran really controlled everything about the foundation.â€
The case has yet to be resolved.
The Foundationâ€™s purpose is not only to launder money for the regime, but to become subtly engaged in the ideological war. U.S. officials told the Washington Post that the Foundation â€œpromotes Tehranâ€™s views on world affairs.â€ The communications director for the Iranian-American Community of Northern California, Hamid Azimi, says it is part of the regimeâ€™s â€œpropaganda machine.â€
This alleged component of Iranâ€™s â€œpropaganda machineâ€ has invested heavily in academia. According to the Alavi Foundation website, 30 colleges and universities in North America have received its financing. The objective is to â€œoffer courses on Persian language, Iranian studies and the Islamic culture with a focus on Shi’ite studies.â€
The named 30 are listed below, organized by state alphabetically and additional notes. The Canadian institutions are listed at the end. All monetary figures were taken from the Alavi Foundation’s own financial reports.
|Arizona||University of Arizona|
|California||San Diego State Univeristy||$20,000 (2010); $40,000 (2008); $48,000 (2007); $3,000 (2004)|
|University of California– Berkeley||$30,000 (2007 and 2004)|
|University of California– Los Angeles||$10,000 (2007); $2,000 (2005); $10,000 (2004)|
|University of Southern California||$3,000 (2006); $10,000 (2005)|
$17,500 (2008) As the Clarion Project has reported, Hartford Seminary has also partnered with the International Institute of Islamic Thought, a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity.
|Sacred Heart University||$5,000 (2008); $39,000 (2007); $60,000 (2006); $10,000 (2005);$3,000 (2004)|
|Georgia||Georgia State University||$13,000 (2004)|
|Illinois||Lake Forest College||$20,000 (2007)|
|Maryland||University of Maryland||
$50,000 (2007) As the Clarion Project has reported, the University of Maryland has also partnered with the International Institute of Islamic Thought, a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity. The IIIT booked University of Maryland professor Dr. Ahmad Kazemi Moussavi, a former Iranian diplomat, as a speaker on December 16, 2011. Moussavi is a visiting instructor for the Fairfax Institute, an organization with strong U.S. Muslim Brotherhood links.
$75,000 (2010 for its Center for Middle East Studies) $41,000 (2008); $41,000 to Harvard University and $17,00 to Harvard Law School (20007) $36,000 (2006) $36,000, (2005) $41,000 (2004) Harvard has also reportedly received at least $2.5 million from Saudi Arabia.
|Michigan||University of Michigan||$16,000 (2009, 2008 and 2006)|
|New Jersey||Princeton University||
The school has also reportedly received at least $1 million from Saudi Arabia.
According to the New York Post, the Foundation donated $351,600Â to the Persian Language Program between 2005 and 2007. TheÂ newspaper said that the Foundation also financed the professorshipÂ of Hooshang Amirahmadi, a former director of Rutgersâ€™ Center forÂ Middle East Studies. He â€œunabashedly has touted Hezbollah andÂ Hamas as legitimate organizations and not terrorists.â€
$72,500 (2007); $40,500 (2006); $2,100 to Rutgers University and $75,000 to Rutgers Foundation (2005); $137,500 (2004).
The school has reportedly received at least $5 million from SaudiÂ Arabia to endow a chair.
|New York||Bard College|
$7,500 (2006); $5,000 (2005)
As the Clarion Project has reported, Binghamton University has
also partnered with the International Institute of Islamic Thought,Â a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity.
|City College of New York||$1,000 (2007)|
|City UniversityÂ of New York||$1,000 (2006)|
According to the New York Post, the Foundation donated $100,000Â to Columbia University after the school agreed to host Iranian
President Ahmadinejad as a speaker in 2007.
The newspaper reported that the Foundation financed at least two professorships, Gary Sick of the School of International and Public Affairs and Hamid Dabashi, professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature. Sick has justified Ahmadinejadâ€™s calls to destroy Israel and Dabashi has praised Iraqi, Palestinian and Hezbollah terrorists as heroes â€œresisting this [American] empire.â€
$20,000 (2006); $50,000 (2004)
The school has also reportedly received Saudi financing.
In 2010, the school gave back $13,349 (it was originally allocated for its religious program.
$6,000 (in 2007, 2006, and 2006); $14,000 (2004)
|New York University||$350 (2006)|
|State University of New York at Old Westbury||$700 (2008)|
|Ohio||Ohio State University||$3,000 (2006)|
|Oregan||Portland State University||$71,000 (2010 for its Middle East Studies Center); $16, 750 (2008); $32,500 (2007); $20,000 (2006); $47,500 (2005 to the Portand State University Foundation); $18,00 (2004)|
|Pennsylvania||Kutztown University||$9,000 (2009); $5,000 (2007); $3,00 (2006);|
|Temple University||$5,000 (2006)|
|University of Pennsylvania||$5,000 (2006); $40,000 (2005)|
|Texas||University of Texas|
|Virginia||University of Virginia|
|Eastern Mennonite University||
As the Clarion Project reported, Eastern Mennonite University has also partnered with the International Institute of Islamic Thought, a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity.
|Washington, D.C.||Catholic University of America||$45,000 (2007); $60,000 (2006); $75,000 (2005 and 2004)|
|Wisconsin||University of Wisconsin — Madison||$48,000 (2004)|
|Canada||Carlton University||$10,000 (2007)|
|McGill University||$90,000 (2010); $30,000 (2009); $40,000 (2008); $80,000 (2007); $30,000 (2005)|
|University of Alberta||$5,000 (2008); $5,000 (2004)|
As the investigation continues into the Alavi Foundation, U.S. and Candian officials need to also investigate the influence the Iranian regime has had on academia through its vast amounts of money.