Saudi-Arabian textbook controversy


Saudi-Arabian textbook controversy

Since the September 11 attacks, content in Saudi Arabian textbooks has been the subject of controversy . In the aftermath of the attacks, the United States pressured Saudi Arabia to reform its educational curriculum by eliminating educational material that demonizes Christians and Jews or that urges holy war on "the unbelievers." Senior Saudi officials have assured the United States that the reform has been completed, but a new report by the human-rights group Freedom House suggests otherwise. [ [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/19/AR2006051901769.html This is a Saudi textbook. (After the intolerance was removed.)] Washington Post, Sunday, May 21, 2006; Page B01] [ [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5426633 Saudi Textbooks Still Teach Hate, Group Says] National Public Radio] Saudi officials have been trying to convince Washington that the educational curriculum has been reformed. On a recent speaking tour of American cities, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, Prince Turki bin Faisal, assured audiences that the Kingdom has "eliminated what might be perceived as intolerance" from its old textbooks.

ee also

*Israeli textbook controversy
*Palestinian textbook controversy

References

External links

* [http://www.freedomhouse.org/religion/pdfdocs/ArabicExcerpts.pdf Excerpts from Saudi Ministry of Education Textbooks for Islamic Studies: Arabic with English Translation] , Center for Religious Freedom of Freedom House with the Institute for Gulf Affairs
* [http://www.gulfinstitute.org/IGA051605/IGA-FH-SaudiReport.pdf Saudi Arabia's Curriculum Of Intolerance: With Excerpts from Saudi Ministry of Education Textbooks for Islamic Studies] , Institute for Gulf Affairs
* [http://www.salafimanhaj.com/pdf/SalafiManhaj_Saudi.pdf Does Saudi Preach Intolerance? An Independent Study]
* [http://www.memri.org/bin/opener_latest.cgi?ID=SD159707 Saudi mother on what her kids learned at school]


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