Spanish schools to teach 'Islamic Studies' in 2018

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Published: 2017-10-24 20:11

Last Updated: 2017-10-24 20:39


Students will be exposed to a “moderate” interpretation of the religion. (Digital Trends)
Students will be exposed to a “moderate” interpretation of the religion. (Digital Trends)
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While some nations are afraid of Islam, others are working on understanding it better.

Spain’s Ministry of Education announced last year that it will introduce “Islamic Studies” to the country’s school curriculum in a bid to counter extremism, while recently stating that it has set specific teaching guidelines for teachers to follow.

Students will be exposed to a “moderate” interpretation of the religion at the beginning of the new academic year in 2018, according to Morocco World News.

The ministry added Islamic Studies as a school subject after noticing a rising number of Muslim students in Spanish schools - there are two million of them, to be exact.

Public schools nationwide will teach the subject after it was drafted by the Islamic Commission of Spain and approved by the ministry, in accordance with Article 27.3 of 1978 Spanish Constitution.

The Article states that “the State guarantees parents the right for their children to obtain a religious and moral education which conforms to their own convictions.”

The government is set to hold meetings with representatives from the Muslim community to discuss the subject matter further, according to the Spanish newspaper, Le Vante.