In Northwest Pakistani Schools, Jihad Is Back On The Books

Officials in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province have revised children’s schoolbooks to make them more Islamic. The latest editions have no images of unveiled women, replace references to international historical figures with prominent Muslims, and include Koranic verses about jihad in texts starting from the fourth grade. The changes — which reverse earlier secular revisions to school curricula — reflect an ongoing struggle for influence between northwest Pakistan’s secular and Islamist political parties.