Posted by: becketfund | October 5, 2006

Morocco: Government Attempts to Make School Textbooks More Moderate

Adnkronos International reports that Morocco’s ministry of education has removed content from textbooks in an attempt to prevent the rise of fundamentalism among Muslim youths.  Among the items edited out were a verse from the Koran ordering women to “lower their gaze and be modest and to display of their adornment only that which is apparent and to draw their veils over their bosoms…”, a picture of a woman wearing the hijab, and a hadith of the Prophet which condemns men and women who cross-dress.  These revisions are part of an ongoing project to reform school curricula in Morocco, a program which previously included removing references to “jihad” from textbooks after 9/11.

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