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French schoolchildren forced to learn how to "find their way around a mosque"
by Cheradenine Zakalwe
The document we reproduce here is an exercise given by a teacher in a 5th year class - the children are around 13 - in a secondary school in Bordeaux! The children must learn to "find their way around a mosque"! They must therefore learn to locate, on the plan provided, which comes from the mosque in Kairouan, Tunisia, the placement of the qibia (the wall indicating the direction of Mecca), the minaret, the mirhab ("cavity symbolising the presence of Mohammed",... or the minbar (the equivalent of the pulpit for the imam), which also give the children the opportunity to learn lots of new words...
The teacher's (unfortunate) idea? Not at all. He has just used the history-geography manual for the 5th year published by Belin, which begins with a chapter dedicated to the beginnings of Islam.
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