|Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has announced that the new national curriculum will now include a module on the history of Islam.|
The absence of Islam in school teaching on history invited considerable criticism when the curriculum was put out for consultation. But Aleia Abbas, columnist for the Asian Image newspaper, notes that revisions to the draft mean that a module on the history of Islam will now be incorporated.
“This is good news for all of us that wish Islam to be portrayed in the way it should be, the contribution for example that Islam made to the fields of mathematics, astronomy and medicine”, she writes.
The Muslim Council of Britain, which spearheaded a campaign urging Muslims to take part in the consultation, said at the time that “British Muslim children will see no place for themselves in their country's history, creating the risk of alienation.”
“At the same time non-Muslim children will grow up believing that Muslims have contributed nothing of value to Britain”.
Good to see the Department for Education set out the teaching of an ‘inclusive history’ in British schools.