13 April 2013
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) one of the UK’s leading Islamic organisations has warned that plans to revise the school history curriculum risks ignoring the Muslim contribution to western civilisation – an omission that will only foster alienation.
The MCB says the plans ignore the contribution of Indian Muslim, Hindu and Sikh soldiers to two world wars, particularly on the western front in the First World War. They also, it adds, fail to acknowledge “the preservation and enhancement of ancient Greek and Roman learning by classical Muslim civilisation, which percolated into Europe via Spain and Italy, leading to the European Renaissance”.
It is not the first body to criticise the proposals. In a joint statement the Historical Association and the Royal Historical Society claim the curriculum has been drafted “without any systematic consultation”.