Who Else Wants a Good Textbook?

Secularism on the ethical side means chaos and mocking religion and virtue (…) Democracy is the political expression of secularism i.e. secularism is the origin and democracy is its branch in the political domain (…) The democratic system contradicts in its origin and essence the Islamic system

One of the courses I’m taking this semester is 104 SLM aka Political System in Islam. The textbook of this course has been revised several times over the years, and the latest edition in our hands today was authored by no less than six faculty members of the Islamic Studies department at KSU. Unfortunately, however, when start reading it, it falls miserably short as you would think this is some political party manifesto, not a textbook that is supposed to be fair and unbiased. The mentioned above quotes are just few examples of the gems that fill the textbook of choice for a mandatory course that all students in KSU, males and females, must pass in order to graduate. So much for raising political awareness in the youth.

6 thoughts on “Who Else Wants a Good Textbook?

  1. Isn’t this the case with all that’s being taught in Saudi schools and universities?

    The educational system in Saudi is designed not to be very much educational but rather, a collection of believes you ought to stuff in your mind to get your degree. They are using a strategy which does not accept negotiation, and which does not satisfy the mind of the free.

    What is DICTATORSHIP in our time? It is forcing your own thought to be adopted by others deceptively.

  2. That is so sad.

    Reforms begin in education. What’s done is done. Make sure the future generation turns out OK. Don’t screw them up! Why are you doing that? Let the people think for themselves. Aren’t I right?

  3. Speaking of textbooks, I had the opportunity to visit and interact with some school children when I was in Iraq in 2004. They shared some of their older textbooks with me. To my surprise each and every page was headed with a photo of Saddam Hussain and the words “In honor of the great Saddam, the greatest and most merciful.” Once I am settled I will be happy to email you a photo as I took a picture of one page. As a result, it may not make textbook issues in the Kingdom as extreme…
    -American Bedu

  4. What you are reading from isn’t a “textbook”, it’s a catechism. As long as the educational systems in Muslim countries refuse to engage in open and honest intellectual dialogue in pursuit of truth, the peoples of these countries will continue to fall behind the rest of the world as it inexorably moves into modernity.

    And no, none of it is the fault of “infidels”. Your not victims. Your your own worst enemy.

    Wake up! Your religious leaders are only interested in perpetuating their own power and influence.

  5. British kings used to believe in the Divine Right of Kings too. In the early 19C democracy was regarded in Britain as dangerous and subversive. Slowly, people woke up.

  6. The Islam practised by most of the muslim world is at total odds with that practised in the Arab country ruled by the Al-Saud clan over the past few hundred years. Therefore I’m not surprised regarding these textbooks.

    As a sunni muslim (not a very religious one) I’m offended by the wahabbi’s doctrine but thankfully I’m told that a lot of saudi’s arent actually wahabbi. Is this true?

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