What Islamic Schools Are Teaching

A class valedictorian at the Islamic Saudi Academy of Alexandria, Virginia, Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, was recently indicted for plotting to assassinate President Bush. The Muslim Community School in Potomac, Maryland, imbues in its students a sense of alienation from their own country. Eighth-grader Ibrahim told a Washington Post reporter, “Being an American means nothing to me.” In Ajax, Ontario, 50 km east of Toronto, the Institute of Islamic Learning is a Canadian emulation of the extremist Deobandi madrassas of Pakistan. It focuses exclusively on religious topics, has students memorize the Koran, demands total segregation from the Canadian milieu, and requires complete gender separation. What Islamic Schools Are Teaching

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