Textbook Report: "Happy Talk" on Islam. (Curriculum Update: The Latest Developments in Math, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies)

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The record of Muslim enslavement, the brutal subjection of women, violence among militant Islamists and jihad. Mentions of these darker sides of Islam's past and present are few and far between in world history textbooks, according to a new report from the American Textbook Council. Instead, textbooks gloss over controversial subjects, using language and concepts taken almost directly from content guidelines that the Council on Islamic Education has sent to publishers.

The first product of a more comprehensive world history textbook review that is expected to be released later this year, "Islam and the Textbooks" offers 35 pages of analysis, including quotes from widely used textbooks and a case study of Massachusetts, where the Islam content within its revised history framework came under attack from activists who called it racist and biased.

Gilbert T Sewall, director of ATC and the report's author, says, "Textbooks say many favorable things about Islam for good reason. But they shy away from subjects that cast Islam in a negative light. …