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ERIC Number: EJ755640
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr-21
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Muslim Textbooks Seen as Intolerant
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy
Education Week, v23 n32 p1, 15 Apr 2004
A number of Muslim countries have stepped up plans for revising school textbooks as part of the continuing U.S. driven campaign to combat terrorism. Critics maintain that the efforts are superficial and that the books continue to portray dangerous stereotypes and promote extremist views. Some books for religious and social sciences classes in use in public and private schools in several Muslim countries have included derogatory references to non-Muslims, glorified terrorist activities, and outlined students' obligations to defend Islam against the "infidels," according to reviews by U.S. based organizations. Since the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States, American officials have pressured those nations to remove material in texts that endorses jihad, or holy war, violence, or retaliation against non-Muslims, Americans, and other Westerners. Textbooks used in schools in Iraq during Saddam Hussein's regime have been censored or destroyed, and now new ones are being published with the help of the United Nations and the World Bank.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Iraq; United States