Religious Tolerance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

On behalf of the U.S. State Department, ICRD began a program in 2011 to monitor and support the efforts made by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to remove the inflammatory content from their national curriculum. Our initial review of the 2012 curriculum was the most comprehensive evaluation conducted to date and established a baseline to measure future improvement. Our findings confirmed that the Kingdom has made laudable progress toward reform, but that much remains to be done to fully complete the task. A second, thorough review of the high school curriculum is currently underway to assess the reforms made to the textbook content thus far and to make real-time recommendations to inform reform efforts that are ongoing in the Kingdom.

In 2017, President Emeritus Dr. Douglas Johnston testified before the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Non-proliferation and Trade on the status of Saudi educational reform efforts. Click here to view the testimony.


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