New Reports Shows Saudi Ministry Textbooks Still Teach Extreme Intolerence

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Washington-Today the Center for Religious Freedom of the Hudson Institute and the Institute for Gulf Affairs released a 90-page report , 2008 Update: Saudi Arabia’s Curriculum of Intolerance, with a foreword by R. James Woolsey. It was prepared in consultation with the Washington-based Institute for Gulf Affairs.

This report compares the 2007-2008 textbooks that are currently posted on the website of the Saudi Ministry of Education with those analyzed in our 2006 study, and shows that the same violent and intolerant teachings against other religious believers noted in 2006 remain in the current texts.They assert that unbelievers, such as Christians, Jews, and Muslims who do not share Wahhabi beliefs and practices, are hated “enemies”.

Global jihad as an “effort to wage war against the unbelievers” is also promoted in the Ministry’s textbooks: “In its general usage, ‘jihad’ is divided into the following categories: …Wrestling with the infidels by calling them to the faith and battling against them”.

No argument is made here that such references to jihad mean only spiritual and defensive struggles.

Click here to read the Full Report.

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