The Pennsylvania chapter of a Muslim-rights group accused a Philadelphia think tank and its Broomall publisher yesterday of "fearmongering," inaccuracy, and bias in a 10-volume series of textbooks titled World of Islam.
The 64-page volumes, produced and edited by the Foreign Policy Research Institute and Mason Crest Publishers, are aimed at middle and high school students.
At a news conference at its Center City office, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-PA) cited passages it deemed inflammatory. Among them: "Muslims began immigrating to the United States in order to transform American society, sometimes through the use of terrorism."
The group contended that such language obscured the reality that most people, Muslims included, come to America simply for better lives.
"When you finish reading these books you walk away with the impression that Muslims are inherently violent, that Islam is a second-rate religion, and that one should be wary of Muslims in any society," said Moein Khawaja, civil rights director of CAIR-PA. (More)