Organization:Iman University

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Iman University (also al-Iman University, el-Eman University, or al-Eman University; Arabic: جامعة الإيمان; Jāmiʿat al-Īmān) is a Sunni religious school founded in 1993[1] in San‘a’, Yemen.[2][3] Al-Iman means the Faith. As of January 2010, it reportedly had 6,000 students.[4]

Its founder and principal director is Abdul-Majid al-Zindani, who is classified by the US Treasury as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist,[5] and who is also under sanction by the United Nations .[6] In 2004, he was designated a terrorist associated with al-Qaeda by both the U.S. and the United Nations .[7][8] He was co-founder of Islah (a Yemeni opposition party) and was theological adviser to Osama bin Laden.[1]

The statement made by the U.S. Treasury mentions that some students at Iman University have been arrested for political and religious murders. Some believe that the school's curriculum deals mostly, if not exclusively, with Islamist studies, and that it is an incubator of extremism.[7][9] Students are suspected of having assassinated three American missionaries, and "the number two leader for the Yemeni Socialist Party", Jarallah Omar.[5] John Walker Lindh, now serving a 20-year prison sentence in connection with his participation in Afghanistan's Taliban army, is a former student of the university.[7][8]

After fighting in the city in September 2014, the new Huthi masters in San‘a’ closed the Al-Iman University.[10]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Erlanger, Steven (2010-01-18). "At Yemen’s Al Eman University, Scholarship and Jihadist Ideas". Yemen: Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  2. Arabic website of Iman University
  3. English website of Iman University
  4. Rayment, Sean (2010-01-03). "Detroit terror attack: Britain sends counter-terrorist forces to Yemen". Telegraph. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 United States Designates bin Laden Loyalist , United States Department of the Treasury
  6. "UN 1267 Committee banned entity list". Archived from the original on July 28, 2006. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Raghavan, Sudarsan (December 10, 2009). "Cleric linked to Fort Hood attack grew more radicalized in Yemen". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 10, 2009. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Schmidt, Susan; Imam From Va. Mosque Now Thought to Have Aided Al-Qaeda; The Washington Post, February 27, 2008. Retrieved November 20, 2009.
  9. Glenn R. Simpson, "Terror Probe Follows the Money," The Wall Street Journal , April 2, 2004. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
  10. November 2014, Le monde diplomatique, engl. version, by Laurent Bonnefoy

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