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May 22, 2006

Saudi Textbooks Get Failing Grade

"Jihad in the path of God -- which consists of battling against unbelief, oppression, injustice, and those who perpetrate it -- is the summit of Islam. This religion arose through jihad and through jihad was its banner raised high. It is one of the noblest acts, which brings one closer to God, and one of the most magnificent acts of obedience to God" - Saudi 12th grade textbook.

wahp1.jpgSaudi textbooks get a failing grade when it comes to being free of material that teaches an ideology of hatred toward Christians, Jews, and Muslims who do not follow Wahhabi doctrine, and still teach a dualistic vision, dividing the world into true believers of Islam (the "monotheists") and unbelievers (the "polytheists" and "infidels") - despite the Saudi government's statements to the contrary.
t for having removed material that encourages violence and intolerance toward religions other than Islam;

From the WaPo today (via Jihad Watch) we learn that a 2004 Saudi royal study group recognized the need for reform after finding that the kingdom's religious studies curriculum "encourages violence toward others, and misguides the pupils into believing that in order to safeguard their own religion, they must violently repress and even physically eliminate the 'other.' " Since then, the Saudi government has claimed repeatedly that it has revised its educational texts.

Unfortunately, this isn't true!

PBS' Frontline has previously done some very informative interviews about the Saudi's teaching of Wahhabism and it's spread by the Saudis. The interviews were conducted with Mai Yamani, an anthropologist who studies Saudi society; Vali Nasr, an authority on Islamic fundamentalism; Maher Hathout, spokesperson for the Islamic Center of Southern California; and Ahmed Ali, a Shi'a Muslim from Saudi Arabia. Wahhabism's explosive growth began in the 1970s when Saudi charities started funding Wahhabi schools (madrassas) and mosques from Islamabad to Culver City, California.

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Posted by Richard at May 22, 2006 5:01 PM





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