Author of Saudi Curricula Advocates Slavery

(Saudi Information Agency-Washington) Ali Ahmed - Leading Saudi government cleric Sheikh Saleh Al-Fawzan is the author of the religious books currently used to teach 5 million Saudi students, both within the kingdom and in Saudi schools abroad - including those in the Washington, D.C. area. Al-Fawzan is a member of the Senior Council of Clerics, Saudi Arabia's highest religious body, and a professor at Imam Mohamed Bin Saud Islamic University, the main Wahhabi center of learning in the country. Al-Fawzan has refuted the mainstream Muslim interpretation that Islam worked to abolish slavery by introducing equality between the races. In his most famous book, Al-Tawheed [Monotheism], taught to Saudi high school students, he says that most Muslims are polytheists, and their blood and money are therefore free for the taking by "true Muslims." According to Saudi liberal writer and scholar Sheikh Hassan Al-Maliki, Al-Fawzan threatened him with beheading if he continued in his criticism of the extremist Wahhabi interpretation of Islam.

2003-11-11 00:00:00

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