Watch Clarion Project’s National Security Analyst and Shillman Fellow Ryan Mauro explain what he learned when he enrolled in what he calls “Jihadi School.”
Mauro enrolled in Islamic Online University, which offers free programs to learn about Islam.
Although the video is humorous, the subject matter is serious. The university was founded and is run by Bilal Philips, who is banned in at least six different countries. It’s programs are a virtual jihadi school.
Once part of the communist party in San Francisco, Philips converted to Islam, was educated by the Saudis in Salafist Islam and subsequently moved to Qatar.
His free online “Islamic education” has a clientele of over 100,000 students in more than 207 countries around the world, according to the “university.”
Although his materials are banned in British prisons, Philips is able to reach inmates in U.S. prisons through DVDs, printed course material and even live instructors.
His university says more than 2,200 inmates in over 150 federal and state prisons in the U.S. have enrolled in his courses, with 400 having already graduated from its Islamic Studies program. Every month 50-100 inmates reportedly sign up for the program.