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Jakarta Post

Govt curbs radicalism in Islamic schools

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 11 2019   /  12:13 am

As part of the government’s efforts to curb religious radicalism, the Religious Affairs Ministry has issued a circular directing madrasah (Islamic religious schools) to limit content on khilafah (caliphate) and jihad in teaching materials.Critics have lambasted the decision, describing it as over the top and arguing it will limit education. However, supporters have said the move was necessary to curb the spread of religious radicalism.In response to the criticism, the ministry denied having ordered schools to remove the topics altogether, saying they “should be taught within a wider context, according to the new curriculum”.In the circular issued on Dec. 4, the Religious Affairs Ministry ordered the revision of madrasah curriculum and exam materials that relate to khilafah and jihad to bring the content in line with a 2019 regulation. In the curriculum, which has been in place sinc...