Mohsen al Attar is the first lecturer in Islamic Law at the University of Auckland. He specialises in Law and Development, Islamic Law, Globalisation, International Trade Law and Intellectual Property Law.
Mohsen al Attar is also a self proclaimed Marxist who sees education as a politicisizing process.
What some people might term “brainwashing”.
According to al Attar , education is a “political intervention”, which has “revolutionary potential”.
Mohsen al Attar made these remarks in September 2009 at a public event in Auckland.
The occasion was Emory Douglas and Mohsen al Attar: Education for Emancipation, a lecture/exhibition at the Gus Fisher Gallery, 74 Shortland Street.
Exhibitor Emory Douglas was former Minister of Culture for the Marxist-Leninist/ Maoist leaning Black Panther Party in the USA.
According to the event blurb;
Emory Douglas discusses his exhibition and experiences in the Black Panther Party with Mohsen al Attar, Faculty of Law, who will address links between education, oppression, revolution and liberation.
According to al Attar;
“Education is much more than the technical practice of learning but, in fact, a type of political intervention in which the student acquires greater understanding of the world they inhabit and the possibilities of transforming it via established and novel ways.
Emory’s work has been inspirational to many including myself precisely because of the novelty of the images and the powerful message underpinning it.
Every sketch was a political intervention of the highest degree. Education has this same revolutionary potential, a truism that is often lost in the commodity climate of tertiary institutions today.”
That’s right Kiwi taxpayers. You are paying the salary of a man who believes that education is not just the “technical practice of learning” but is a “political intervention” with “revolutionary potential“.
Are you happy about that?