Qatari School Books: What is Being Taught by Judith Bergman (Gatestone Inst.)

Mar. 26, 2019

  • Qatari Islamic education [is] perhaps even more radical than the most concerned Western critics were assuming. — Based on the “Review Of Qatari Islamic Education School Textbooks For The First Half Of The 2018-2019 School Year,” by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
  • “The textbooks for grades 6, 8, 9 and 12 glorify jihad and self-sacrifice for the sake of Islam, presenting them as virtues and as divine commandments that earn Allah’s favor and rewards, chief among them admittance into the highest level of Paradise”. — MEMRI.
  • The students learn that Muslims who, despite the prohibition, befriend non-Muslims must be punished. The textbook emphasizes, “Allah prohibits alliances of any kind with unbelievers, and the Islamic nation must disavow unbelievers and their families…”
  • Students are taught at length about the superiority of Islam over other religions, especially over Judaism and Christianity. Judaism and Jews, as stressed in the grade 7 textbook, are portrayed as follows: “Treachery and perfidy are among the traits of the Jews throughout history”… [and] that Judaism is a distorted religion, that the Jews have an ‘evil nature’ and that they “want to take over the world”.

Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani in 2011 “reaffirmed his commitment to spare no efforts to carry the message and spread the teachings of Islam in the whole world, noting that the Muslim nation is now in need of renewal and inspiration of the experience of Wahhab’s da’wah (call)”.

Qatar follows the teachings of Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab (1703-1792) who preached a return to “pure Islam” and urged Muslims to uphold only “the original principles of Islam as typified by the Salaf” (the ‘ancestors’, commonly considered the first three generations of Muslims).

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