Saudi texbooks intolerant toward Christians and Jews?

Reply Tue 22 Jul, 2008 02:05 pm

This story on Slate suggests that Saudi textbooks encourage students to hate Jews and Christians. Please discuss, especially any Muslims out there with first-hand knowledge of this. Are Saudis specifically and Muslims in general really this intolerant of other ideas?

I had thought that Muslims considered Jews and Christians "brothers of the book" or something like that, since all three have the same roots.

Are Christians and Jews any more tolerant? It may be trite, but why can't we all just get along and respect our differences?
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Reply Thu 24 Jul, 2008 10:11 am
Think of all the hate in the world over the centuries. I do not believe it (the hate) ever needed textbooks to promulgate itself; especially considering how literacy was not universal for much of history.

Now, if it is true that textbooks are promulgating hate against certain groups, should these textbooks get wider circulation, so the targets of the hate are aware of what is being said negative about them?
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