UAE parents complain over Arabic textbook with pork recipes
In response to the complaints, educational authorities in the Emirate of Sharjah have begun recalling the textbooks
Some parents of children at several schools in the UAE have voiced concerns after finding that a textbook for Arabic-speaking pupils contained pork recipes, local daily 7Days reported.
The offending book, which was not named, contained several pages titled: “How would you like your pork chop cooked?” The consumption of pork is forbidden in Islam.
In response to the complaints, educational authorities in the Emirate of Sharjah have begun recalling the textbooks and will remove the pages before giving them back.
“I was shocked when I saw a subject about pork in my children’s textbook,” a Jordanian parent, who sends his children to a school in Sharjah, told 7Days. “I complained because the book included material that is inappropriate for Muslim kids, promoting pork meals.”
Hessa al-Khaja, a Sharjah Educational Zone official, said that the authority welcomed complaints from parents “who notice anything that opposes our religion and traditions.”