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Clampdown on madrassas misses the point of why parents send children for extra study

Clampdown on madrassas misses the point of why parents send children for extra study David Cameron used his recent speech at the Conservative Party Conference to announce that madrassas, Sunday schools, yeshivas and other religious institutions that teach children “intensively” will have to register with the Department for Education and will be subject to inspection. The prime minister’s proposals mean ... Read More »

Can an Islamic education produce critical thinking?

Can an Islamic education produce critical thinking? The closure of the secondary section of the Al-Madinah free school in Derby will be celebrated by those who oppose free schools and what are euphemistically labelled “faith” schools. Whatever the stated objections to them it is left to bloggers to warn of indoctrination. The bloggers say what many people fear and fear ... Read More »

Operation Trojan Horse: examining the ‘Islamic takeover’ of Birmingham schools

Operation Trojan Horse: examining the ‘Islamic takeover’ of Birmingham schools It is believed that at least 25 schools in Birmingham are now being investigated in response to allegations of what the media and city council are routinely describing as “takeover” bids by “hardline Muslims”. Birmingham City Council has subsequently announced that it intends to freeze the recruitment of school governors ... Read More »

Birmingham has most to lose from Gove-May extremism row

Birmingham has most to lose from Gove-May extremism row Allegations of an “Islamist” plot to infiltrate and take over schools in Birmingham at the centre of Operation Trojan Horse are looking increasingly thin. But they have caused a very public row between education secretary Michael Gove and home secretary Theresa May over how to deal with extremism in schools. From ... Read More »

For many minorities, Britain is not living up to its own values

For many minorities, Britain is not living up to its own values The controversy over the Trojan Horse allegations of “extremism” at a number of Birmingham schools has provoked much discussion concerning the need to teach and assert British values to children. There has been a quick turnaround from the government, and a two-month consultation has now been launched on ... Read More »

Shadow of extremism scandal lingers as Birmingham goes back to school

Shadow of extremism scandal lingers as Birmingham goes back to school If a week is a long time in politics, then the school summer holidays must have seemed like a lifetime the for governors, teachers, pupils and staff at the 21 schools at the centre of the Trojan Horse plot in Birmingham. Allegations made in an anonymous letter – now ... Read More »

Mosques, Muslims and myths: overcoming fear in our suburbs

Mosques, Muslims and myths: overcoming fear in our suburbs Since Australians woke to the news of yesterday morning’s counter-terrorism raids in Sydney, Brisbane and Logan, talkback radio and the TV news have filled with talk of “home-grown terrorism” and “enemies within”. There have been claims that Australia’s half a million Muslims have particular difficulty “fitting in” and that their presence ... Read More »

How Muslim faith schools are teaching tolerance and respect through ‘Islamicised’ curriculum

How Muslim faith schools are teaching tolerance and respect through ‘Islamicised’ curriculum The Trojan Horse extremism affair that hit a group of Birmingham schools this summer and the ongoing inquiries into it, have raised suspicions among Muslim parents, teachers, and pupils in the UK. News from schools inspectorate Ofsted that the action plans put in place at the five Birmingham ... Read More »

Senegal’s teachers struggle with the clash between science and faith

Senegal’s teachers struggle with the clash between science and faith Senegal is a deeply religious country. About 90% of the West African nation’s residents are Muslim, about 5% are Christian and the rest identify as animist – they believe that natural objects, idols or fetishes have magical power. Many Senegalese embrace at least some elements of animism even if they ... Read More »

Islamic climate declaration converts religious principles into greener practice

Islamic climate declaration converts religious principles into greener practice Muslims have a religious duty to take action against climate change, according to a declaration released by a major group of Islamic scholars, faith leaders and politicians from 20 countries. The Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change, launched in Istanbul, is aimed at the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims and suggests mosques ... Read More »