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Compromises necessary for textbook on Islam
by Ulrike Hummel
Brand new and brightly colored: a book for use in courses on Islam in German schools. There are plans to adopt the textbook as part of a curriculum available throughout the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
North Rhine-Westphalia is preparing a state-wide expansion of a pilot curriculum that introduces pupils to Islam. Students heading back to school on Thursday (23.08.2012) may soon have a new textbook: "Miteinander auf dem Weg" (On the Way Together).
The book's publisher claims it is the first textbook of its kind on the topic, presenting both facts and cultural norms and values. But Islam expert Michael Kiefer calls that marketing hype.
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