Wednesday, February 06, 2008

"Jihad" in schoolbooks: Is the fox guarding the hen house?

Campus Watch has an article:

History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond, a textbook published by the Teachers' Curriculum Institute... is now causing controversy in California and at the center of the storm is Cal State University-Sacramento sociology professor Ayad Al-Qazzaz ....

... the text presents jihad as "an effort by Muslims to convince 'others to take up worthy causes, such as funding medical research'" and that "even at its most violent, 'jihad' is simply Muslims fighting 'to protect themselves from those who would do them harm.'"


... Al-Qazzaz... [a]fter first accusing Islam scholar Bernard Lewis of "becoming progressively anti-Islam and Zionist," he continued:

There are two schools of thought about Islam in the US. One school is headed by Bernard Lewis and Daniel Pipes, who equate Islam to terrorism. The other school, headed by John Esposito, argues that there are bad apples everywhere. You have terrorists in Islam, terrorists in Judaism, terrorists in Hindu-ism. But the majority of the people, though they may be backward, do not have a terrorist attitude.


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