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Friday September 8, 2006
Saudi schoolbooks still in dispute five years after 9/11
Lydia Georgi - AFP
The September 11 attacks in which 15 of the 19 suicide hijackers came from Saudi Arabia triggered a torrent of US accusations that the Muslim kingdom's education system was fostering Islamic extremism.
Five years on the debate continues. Saudi educators argue that the problem lies in misinterpretation of religious texts or their "exploitation" to justify intolerance.
"The problem is not with the texts of religious curricula, which are largely based on the Koran and the Sunna (Prophet Mohammed's doings and sayings)," said Hamad al-Majed, an education professor at Imam Mohammed bin Saud University.
But some religious texts are interpreted by extremists to back up their thinking, while other texts fuel extremism when taken out of context, said Majed, who has taken part in dialogues with Americans on religious freedom.
One example is a verse urging Muslim faithful to "fight the infidels around you, and be tough with them..."