Ruling AKP’s deputy: Useless to teach math to a kid who does not know concept of jihad

AKP deputy Ahmet Hamdi Çamlı

As part of the debate following the introduction of the concept of jihad, or holy war, in the new national school curriculum, a deputy of the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy said that it is useless to teach math to a kid who does not know the concept of jihad.

AKP deputy Ahmet Hamdi Çamlı, who used to be the driver of Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, claimed that the concept is jihad is one of the main pillars of Islam. ¨Our ministry of national education made a very accurate decision¨ said Çamlı who also serves in the national education commission of the parliament in Turkey.

Meanwhile the dean of the Islamic seminary at Ankara University, Professor İsmail Hakkı Ünal objected the idea of including the concept of jihad among five pillars of Islam. However, deputy Çamlı claimed that jihad proceeds even prescribed prayers in Islam.

¨When you look at the Ottoman sultans, almost none of them performed the pilgrimage in order not to take a break from jihad,¨ Çamlı stated. ¨There is no use in teaching math to a kid who does not know the concept of jihad,¨ Çamlı said on Friday.

Last week, speaking during a press conference to introduce the new school curriculum in Ankara the Minister of National Education İsmet Yılmaz said: “Jihad is an element in our religion; it is in our religion… The duty of the Education Ministry is to teach every deserving concept correctly. It is also our job to correct things that are wrongly perceived, seen or taught.”

In reference to the removal of evolution theory from the new curriculum, Yılmaz said it was not included “because it is above the students’ level and not directly relevant.”

Yılmaz also said last year’s failed coup attempt would be touched on in classes while the national struggle, led by modern Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, was being discussed. ( July 22, 2017

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