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Muslim schools in Sweden try to 'fit in'
by Thameen Kheetan
Muslim schools in Sweden are trying to find common factors between Islam and "fundamental values" of the secular state to answer debatable questions on religion that have arisen after 9/11, according to a Swedish professor.
Subjects discussed during religion classes at these schools must abide by rules of "equality, individual freedom and solidarity" of the Swedish community, where some 400,000 Muslims live with Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs, constituting a nine million "heterogenic" population, Professor Jenny Berglund told students of the University of Jordan (UJ) last week.
The remarks are results of her PhD dissertation on Muslim schools in the Scandinavian kingdom, which she presented to some 50 members of UJ's Conversation Club on Thursday.
She explained that since 1993 when the first Muslim school was founded in Sweden, some 15 of these managed to couple Islamic teachings with the country's diversity and the state-controlled education system, which has been imposing for 13 years an "informative and unbiased" obligatory religious education curriculum for all schools.
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