Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Do Saudi textbooks teach hate?

This is somewhat related to my previous post. The Quran contains several verses inciting ill-will towards the non-believers. The Quran and Sunnah had to define the Islamic identity in contrast to all the other existing religions, so its not very surprising, though sad and unfortunate, that they contain such verses.

Embedded video from CNN Video

Update: Found a selection of excerpts from Saudi textbooks here (look at the end of the article). They seem dangerous at one level, yet so familiar at another level so as to almost seem innocent. Disturbing.


  1. This is one of the reasons the US needs to invest in clean energy. Once fossil fuel dependence reduces, Saudi Arabia will lose a large source of revenue, if not the only source.

  2. Agreed. Though the problem isn't with Saudi Arabia alone I am afraid. I don't clearly remember the text of the Islamiat books in Pakistan, but I won't be the least bit surprised if there were similar lines in those books. I hope that such verses are scrutinized and re-interpreted all over the Islamic world in the long run.