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The Quran and the life of Prophet Mohammed have entered secondary school curriculum as elective classes enabling students to study these topics in class two hours a week and for female students to cover their hair should they desire during Quran courses.

The Ministry of Education recently announced the new weekly schedule for secondary schools, which included new elective courses on the Quran, the life of Prophet Mohammed and Essential Religion Information for high schools, daily Star and Bugün both reported. The new regulation was a joint effort by The Ministry of Education’s Directorate General of Secondary Education, Directorate General of Vocational and Technical Education and Directorate General of Religious Education. The council added the Quran and the life of Prophet Mohammed as electives for students in the 9th grade at all high schools in the country. Both classes will take up two hours each week while Essential Religion Information, Social Activities and Project Preparing electives will take up either one or two hours of a student’s academic schedule per week. Classes will primarily be taught by religion and morals teachers as well as imam hatip high school teachers. Students will not bring Qurans to school for the lessons, the report says, but female students will be able to cover their hair during Quran courses. The Ministry of Education’s official textbooks for the class will include the necessary texts from the Quran, while the elective class will not focus on the interpreted version of the Quran but the text itself.

Different religions and beliefs including Alevism and Christianity will be taught in the elective
Basic Religion Information class. Furthermore, Quran and the life of Prophet Mohammed classes will not be taught in minority schools. Minority schools will instead offer classes about the minority groups respective religion, the report emphasized.

August/18/2012

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mara mcglothin

8/20/2012 3:21:25 PM

Spot on REDTAIL An introduction to Religous Studies is what is needed by all. It fosters respect for the knowledge that you don't have and allows people to better understand each other, rather than just studying the "same" . Very sad for Turkey.

Köksüz Kosmopolit

8/20/2012 3:21:17 PM

A searching and comprehensive study of religion is one of the best ways to help people free themselves from religious belief. It's inconceivable, however, that any religion course that Gülen and AKP approve for use in Turkish schools will do schoolchildren any good -- their courses will aim not at teaching humans to think but at training parrots to talk.

Köksüz Kosmopolit

8/20/2012 1:18:08 PM

A searching and comprehensive study of religion is one of the best ways to help people free themselves from religious belief. It's inconceivable, however, that any religion course that Gülen and AKP approve for use in Turkish schools will do schoolchildren any good -- their courses will aim not at teaching humans to think but at training parrots to talk.

illawarrior hill

8/20/2012 5:54:38 AM

Let religion be taught in churches, temples and mosques, to those who wish to learn. Religion should not be taught in government schools.

Red Tail

8/19/2012 4:02:55 PM

Courses where the kids learn about ALL the main religions in the world combined with a clear goal of fostering understanding and respect for other religions (and atheists) would have been far better for Turkey and for its youth.

CEMRE TAN

8/19/2012 11:51:15 AM

@TAMER: I know i shouldnt take you seriously but cant help it. i am a MD and an academician so I consider myself quite highly 'educated'. I have studied in US and other countries as well so I do know a thing or two about med and pre-med curriculae in the most scientifically advanced countries around the globe. And believe you me - but i know you wont- darwin and his theory is still almost universally accepted among scientists and is the most successful theory thus far in explaining life on earth

Johanna Dew

8/19/2012 11:25:33 AM

2) Tamer: today (unless propagating Islam as an incubator of science), some Muslims consider Avicenna () to have been an atheist. No doubt many of the other great 'Islamic' scientists would also be classed as heretical apostates for their beliefs. For proof of this, we need only look to the mainstream Muslim views and treatment of the Ahmadis and Baha'is. The quran has no place in science. period

Johanna Dew

8/19/2012 11:14:48 AM

1) @Tamer: It remains painfully obvious that scientific and literary progress is slow or stagnant in the Islamic world specifically due to the Islamic faith and its restrictions upon adherents. And it has often in science unrightfully takes credits from other civilizations such as ancient China, India, ancient Rome and pre-Islamic Egypt

Tamer Aslantas

8/18/2012 11:53:16 PM

Blah blah blah. Religion is bad Darwinism is good, blah blah. I'm glad these classes are coming. Education starts with good manners and they will learn about it when they read about the prophet's (saw) life. Most educated people already know Darwinism is proven false. On the other hand the Qur'an still has some contents that still has to be discovered and at least is proven right on so many issues. Although the ones without knowledge would deny it. Just read the next comments after me!

Murat

8/18/2012 8:24:25 PM

I have come to notice that more a nation wraps iteslf in Kuran, more troubles they have. They say all the answers are in this book. Obviously no one has figured out to ask the right questions yet. There was a time when something like this would have been a crime against the regime and one would rot in jails. Aint democracy grand?
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