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Erdogan favoring single-sex dorms stirs debate in Turkey

Source : AFP | 05 Nov 2013

Turkey’s conservative Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stirred controversy with weekend remarks in favor of single-sex dorms in the mainly Muslim but staunchly secular country.

“Female and male students cannot live in the same house,” the head of the Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) was quoted as saying by the Turkish press on Monday.

“That is contrary to our structure, which is conservative-democratic,” Erdogan reportedly told party stalwarts at a weekend meeting in an Ankara suburb.

Russia in New Move on Islam Study

Source : OnIslam & News Agencies / 6 Mar 2013

A Russian government decision to hammer out a degree program for Islam study is gaining mixed reactions, with some hail the move for helping better prepare experts on the Islamic faith, while others see it as an attempt to counter extremism.

“Students will study for three or five years without going abroad,” Damir Gizatullin, first deputy head of the Spiritual Directorate of the Muslims of European Russia and Siberia, told The Voice of Russia on Tuesday, March 5.

US School Accommodates Muslim Prayers

Source : OnIslam | 30 Jan 2013

Of books and bombs: schooling in Syria’s rebel zone

By AFP | 09 Jan 2013

The Ottoman-era palace now serving as their school in the rebel-held part of Aleppo's historic center may have a gracious interior court and high ceilings.

But it's the walls, the solid stone walls, that are the reason the children are taking their classes there.

"This area isn't very safe. The frontline is just two streets from here. But this building is very high and its walls are fairly thick, which protects the children from the mortar rounds," says its principal, a theology studies graduate who goes by the name Abu Salam Mustafa.

Islam comes to the classroom in Russia's Chechnya

Source : Reuters | 22 Oct 2012

At school No. 20 in Russia's troubled region of Chechnya, boys sit on one side of the classroom and girls in headscarves on the other. All are silent as the new teacher rises to speak.

Tunisia veil row academic faces new charges

Source : AFP | Tunis | 05 Jul 2012

A university dean on trial for slapping a female student wearing a full-face veil saw his case postponed on Thursday, but the charges against him were toughened and he faces five years in jail if convicted.

An AFP reporter in court said the proceedings against Habib Kazdaghli, dean of the faculty of arts, letters and humanities at Manouba University outside Tunis, were postponed until October 25.

Turkey may teach Kurdish at public schools

Source : Agencies | 12 Jun 2012

Kurdish language classes might be included in the Turkish school system as elective courses, Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay has said, announcing that the government was working on a new proposal to expand the scope of Turkey's democratic initiative to give more cultural rights to the Kurds.

In remarks made on Sunday, Atalay said: “The new education package has many dimensions, including one on teaching [students'] mother tongue. We are still working on this. The prime minister will make the final announcement on this.”

Finland introduces Islamic studies textbooks into public schools

Source : IslamToday / Agencies | Helsinki / 11 Oct 2011

Finland has introduced its first officia; textbook to teach Islam in its public school system.

Salam – islamin polku, or "Salam - the Path of Islam" is is intended for children in the first and second grades. Books for higher grades are currently under development.

No plans to ban niqabs at schools — Dagestani leader

Source : RIA Novosti
Yesentuki | 15 Jul 2011

The wearing of face-covering Islamic garments by female students is not favored in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, but there will be no ban on such veils, Dagestani leader Magomedsalam Magomedov has said.

"We are not introducing any bans [on full-face Islamic veils], but this is not our traditional cloth, and we are not in favor of wearing niqabs at schools and universities," Magomedov said.

Toronto school Board defends Muslim pupils' right to hold Friday prayer at school

Source : Islam Today
Flemington Park | 07 Jul 2011

The Toronto District School Board says it is meeting its obligation to accommodate students' religious beliefs by allowing an imam to lead students in prayer on school property.

The board came under criticism this week when a Hindu group that regularly criticizes Islam raised objections to Muslims observing Friday congregational prayers, which have been held inside a cafeteria at Valley Park Middle School in Flemingdon Park for about three years.

Valley Park Middle School is between 80% to 90% Muslim.

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