Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Saudi Arabia: Embassy Spokesmen Refutes Religious Textbooks Criticisms

by Talhah Jibril from Asharq Al-Awsat

Dr Abdul-Muhsin Ilyas, deputy director of the Saudi Media Office, told Asharq Al-Awsat, "I can absolutely confirm that all textbooks at the academy do not include contents that offend any religion. We extend an open invitation to all US and non-US media to visit the academy, verify the validity of this, and closely examine the subjects that are taught and also the books used by the students ... Abdul-Rahman al-Ghafuli, director of the Islamic Saudi Academy in Fairfax, Va, told Asharq Al-Awsat, "We teach US curricula." One of the members of the academy has alleged that they [commission members] tried to obtain information about textbooks through Saudi government agencies, but they were unable to do so. Al-Ghafuli said that some of the materials, which are considered to be the subject of debate in the United States, have been removed.

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