Apparently shaking a hand and not having your hand shaken can be soul destroying. :shrug:
AUSTRALIAN: "In a move denounced by many senior Islamic figures at least three of Australia’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. "
Universities across Australia provide students with cultural awareness information including understanding that “shaking hands or touching members of the opposite sex who are not family is not permitted’’ and greeting Muslims with “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Easter’’ is not appropriate.
National Union of Students *national ethno-cultural officer *Lorena White said “tertiary institutions should accommodate Muslim students who cannot shake hands with females”, adding that “to force any student to engage in actions that do not comply with their faith while no real harm is being done by doing so is discriminatory and unacceptable’’.
“The harm that would be caused for a male student forced into a handshake can be damaging to their sense of self, identity and can consequence to a choice *between assimilation or isolation. The consequence of having your handshake rejected is quite insignificant in contrast, and even more so when compared to the challenges and discriminations facing women today.’’