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Universities back Muslim handshake rule
by Stefanie Balogh
At least three of the nation's leading universities are advising students to respect Muslims on campus by acknowledging followers of Islam are not permitted to shake hands with the opposite sex.
The information, which is designed to foster a greater understanding of "Muslim identities", is provided online for students at Adelaide's Flinders University, Perth's Curtin University and the University of Western Australia.
The Australian revealed earlier this week a public school in Sydney's west — Hurstville Boys Campus of Georges River College — had adopted an "agreed protocol" endorsed by the NSW Education Department permitting Muslim male students to decline to shake hands with females because of their faith. The practice has been denounced by many senior Islamic figures.
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