Egyptian Education Minister Ahmed Zaki Badr has announced that certain Islamic religious teachings, which in some schools have inspired extremism, will be modified in the 2010-2011 school year.
"We have taken this step after we received complaints of deficiencies in religious curriculum taught in schools, as some of them incited extremism and violence," Minister Badr told reporters Monday. "Islam is a religion of forgiveness and love, and its curriculum should not include anything that could be misinterpreted to hate or violence."
In a press conference joined by Egypt's Grand Mufti, Ali Gomaa, the minister said that all changes will be approved and submitted in accordance between the Ministry of Education and Dar Al Ifta. Badr added that Christian Coptic curricula will by reviewed by Pope Shenouda III of the Coptic Church of Alexandria, who will add his recommendations if they require similar altercations.