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The Oxford University scholar says the city's Center for Islamic Studies fired him for being bisexual


The Oxford University scholarship holder says the city's Center for Islamic Studies fired him for being bisexual because it failed to meet the preferences of major Saudi supporters

  • Dr. Kevin Fogg, 37, was fired from the Office of Islamic Studies in 2018
  • Argued that his sexual orientation was against the preferences of the centre's trustees
  • Dr. Fogg will face the center in a labor court due to begin next week

An Oxford University scholarship holder believes he was unfairly dismissed from his academic role for being bisexual because he did not match the preferences of the centre's main Saudi funders.

Dr. Kevin Fogg, 37, from Virginia, USA, was dismissed from his position at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies in 2018 after five years as a research fellow. He argues this is due to his age and sexual orientation.

Dedicated to studying all aspects of Islamic culture, civilization and contemporary Muslim societies, the center is funded by a number of states including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates – where homosexuality is illegal.

37-year-old Dr. Kevin Fogg, an expert on the history of Islam in Southeast Asia, is expected to stand before a labor court next week

Dr. Fogg believes the preferences of the Centre's Board of Trustees, which includes Saudi Prince Turki Al-Faisal and Sultan Nazrin Shah of Malaysia, Sultan of Perak, influenced the decision to fire him.

Dr. Fogg, an expert on the history of Islam in Southeast Asia, will stand before the center in a labor court next week.

He told The Daily Telegraph: “As a bisexual man with a gay partner, I don't follow the preferences of the centre's main funders.

"The administration has provided several clues about my age that I believe are a language equivalent to a" confirmed bachelor "label.

MailOnline has asked the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies (picture) for a comment

MailOnline has asked the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies (picture) for a comment

He added that he believed the center was intolerant of "non-heterosexual lifestyles" and that his dismissal had adversely affected his mental health.

The center denied the claims, telling The Daily Telegraph that Dr. Fogg "actually had no basis".

A spokesman for the center told the publication that Mr. Fogg had been hired on a five-year academic fellowship which had expired after being extended for a further year, and said the fellow had been "treated very well".

MailOnline has contacted the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies for comment.

The center is a recognized independent center from Oxford University.

Mr. Fogg is now the Associate Director of the Carolina Asia Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.

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