Islam and Education

Islam occupies a major portion of the Yemeni curriculum beginning from primary school and ending with higher education. The Yemeni state has used the classroom to impose its own version of Islam that covers most aspects of life and ensures obedience to the ruler and state institutions.

However, as with law, the Yemeni state has not “captured” Islam as taught in Yemen due to the severe power limits of the Yemeni state over its population. The Yemeni state should be seen only as one force out of many that seeks to educate Yemenis and impose on them the its own vision Islam.

This section will highlight general aspects of state-sponsored education in Yemen, the position of Islam in the curriculum, and how a certain number of topics are taught to Yemeni children and youth in state-sponsored schools.

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