A research team lead by Olivier Arvisais (UQAM) and including Vivek Venkatesh, professor at Concordia University and co-chair of the UNESCO Chair in the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Extremism, has been researching the school curriculum taught to young Iraqis during the caliphate in order to better understand the educational goals of the IS regime. The team translated (from Arabic to French) and analyzed several textbooks produced by the Caliphate Ministry of Education in northern Iraq from 2014 to 2017. The materials included science, mathematics, computer programming, social science and religious education textbooks for elementary school students aged 6 to 10 years.
Researchers’ analyzes will be the subject of a series of scientific publications in the coming months.
Read more here (in French).