Egypt to Combat Religious Extremism through School Textbooks

In an effort to combat religious extremism in Egypt, the Ministry of Religious Endowments plans on introducing a new textbook taught simultaneously to Muslim and Christian students to stress “the importance of decent behavior and religious tolerance among students of different backgrounds and beliefs.” Read more

Madrasa Textbooks Purged in Bangladesh to Curb Extremism

The theory and practice of Jihad, or Islamic holy war, will no longer be taught in school or college classrooms in Bangladesh, which houses the fourth-largest Muslim population in the world and is grappling with rising religious extremism. Read more

London Orthodox Jewish School Censors References to Homosexuals in Textbook

An Orthodox girls school in London defended its censorship of references to homosexuals as well as men and women mingling in a textbook, saying it was meant to protect the students from “sexualization.” Read more

Israel Ministry of Education to Review Role of Religion in Textbooks

The Israeli Ministry of Education will be making changes to textbooks studied in the state (secular) schools that include references to Jewish religious observance. According to a July 2nd Haaretz article, this is the first time that criticisms of the Israeli NGO, The Secular Forum, have been acknowledged by the Ministry of Education. Read more

Haredi Curiculum -- Image: Sheep and Wolves

The Haredi Challenge: From Resistance to Unity

The modern era presented a double threat to Jews. One, as argued by the Haredi movement, was that emancipation seemed to prescribe assimilation—what has sometimes been called a “poisonous kiss.”

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Turkey’s School Curriculum Crossroads

By Dr. Eldad Pardo and Marcus Sheff — In the latest report published in November 2016 by IMPACT-se analyzing Turkey’s school curriculum—and in what might be a surprise to many—

Daniel Taub in the Jerusalem Post — Palestinians’ Future is Not in Rewriting History

Palestinians may themselves pay the price for UNESCO’s rewriting of history, even if it seems like a success to Palestinian leadership. Once again, the UN organization charged with promoting intercultural understanding and preserving cultural heritage has airbrushed the connection between the Jewish people and its holiest sites. Read more

Planning for Bigotry in Schools?

The parents at the Israeli national religious schools who objected to daily planners given to their children containing inflammatory messages, are to be lauded.

The Al-Aqsa Fire—The Dangers of Manipulative Education: What Can Be Done

Every year since 1969, during the hot month of August, Palestinian politicians and media have commemorated the “Al-Aqsa Mosque Arson.” A wave of declarations and condemnations then ensue.

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One Year after the Nuclear Deal: A Troubling Curriculum in Iran

One year has elapsed since the July 14, 2015 ceremonial conclusion of the Iran Nuclear Deal, officially designated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The Iran Deal was one of the most controversial agreements in recent history. Interestingly, neither supporters nor opponents have disagreed that the Islamic Republic of Iran is led by a […]