What our textbooks teach

Published: January 15, 2012

KARACHI: This is with reference to Imtiaz Gul’s article of January 13 titled “Curricula and socio-political security”.

I remember as a student that we used to read Islamiat textbooks which were full of stories glorifying people who would go around the subcontinent destroying places of worship of non-Muslims. Those books would tell us that what these men did were acts of heroism and that we should follow in their footsteps. Those books also would teach us that difference of opinion in matters relating to one’s religion and faith was not something to be tolerated. Encouragement was given from teachers that if need be, force could be used in such matters.

Looking back, no wonder we have terrorists like Mumtaz Qadri going around killing people and then others lionising them as if they did something to further their religion.

Babar Majeed

Published in The Express Tribune, January 16th, 2012.

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  • Farkhanda Shibli
    Jan 15, 2012 - 11:51PM

    How stupid! Have you read religious books of other religions. Please read Islamic History written by non-muslim authors. Islam is a religion of tolerance and peace. There is no room for terrorism in it. Dont make mockery of your religion. The representative of so called inteligentsia like you are cocoons who wathc the world from their shells……Recommend

  • Raz
    Jan 17, 2012 - 11:41AM

    Syllabus books being taught in our schools are mostly filled with hate material. They don’t mention other faiths with reverence hence are failed to promote tolerance and multiculturalism. Muslim attackers are painted as saviors while non-muslims are shown as enemies. Before replacing these books, certain state policies are required to be changed 180 degrees. Projecting Islam as a faith of peace cannot do anything rather to change the actual treatment of non-muslims in writing and in practical terms.


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