Ebubekir Sifil, a professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies at Yalova University and Quranic expert, has argued that students learn “best” when their heads are “covered.”
Sifil has said that this was an argument that he had heard from an esteemed British professor, whose name he did not disclose.
The Islamist scholar made the remarks on April 24 during a YouTube program with TV show host Bekir Develi.
Sifil said that the British professor had told him about how an “ideal” education environment should be.
“In the lecture, both the teacher and students will sit on the ground. Female and male students will sit separated from each other. Both males and females will have their heads covered. Our research has shown that the human brain works best when it reaches a certain temperature. This is how a lecture should be conducted,” Sifil said, indicating he was conveying the British professor's remarks.
Sifil had in December targeted opposition journalists Yılmaz Özdil and Cüneyt Akman, calling on the Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) and its officials to deny them the Islamic burial ritual if they die.
Özdil is a columnist with Sözcü newspaper while Akman hosts a weekly program on Tele1 TV.
Sifil had also previously stated that men have the right to have multiple wives in different provinces.
“There's a guy, and due to his work he travels a lot. He goes between Istanbul, Ankara, Adana and Bursa, that's his work. This guy has a house in Istanbul, and a house in Ankara. In the places he goes there are women that he has married. When he leaves, they stay. Each one of them is his legitimate wife,” Sifil had said in January 2020.