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Germany Adds Lessons in Islam to Better Blend Its Melting Pot

Germany Adds Lessons in Islam to Better Blend Its Melting Pot | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Public schools for the first time are offering classes in Islam to primary school students to better integrate Germany’s large Muslim minority and to try to counter the influence of radical religious thinking.

Via Seth Dixon
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Many countries, including the U.S. has a Melting Pot of culture and I believe this cultivates better understanding and integration process

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Jamison DuClos's curator insight, January 10, 10:29 AM

This applies to culture.  Public schools for the first time are offering classes in Islam to help the Muslim minority and get rid of the radical religious thinking.  This could change other countries and cause them to do the same thing.  This can cause this country to dispose of its radical religious religious thinking with the next generation.  This can get rid of violence and other racial hates in Germany.

Sarah Ziolkowski's curator insight, January 16, 2:51 PM

This article applies to our unit of cultural differences in religion.The article talks about how these new classes in Hesse, Germany could lower radical religious thinking. This not only helps educate muslim children so their thinking doesn't become radical, but also educates the country to accept islam and not outcast those with that relgion. This could become a reality in your hometown if proved successful. In the future we can hope to see more tolerance and acceptance in the islamic faith and also tolerance for islamics in countries like Germany or maybe even The US.

Isabelle Zahn's curator insight, January 18, 2:48 PM

This article relates to our topic of religion and it  also relates to values and  globalization. In this article it talks about a school in Germany creating  classes in  Islam so that other people can understand them. Imagine how teachers had to go through so much more training just so that they were able to teach these new classes. This is helping to integrate Germany's  large Muslim minority and to trying to  counter the influence of radical religious thinking. This is the first time the public schools are offering classes in Islam. This has relevance and international communities because people also speak Islam and this isn't the only country that is starting to recognize it and wants to change this and create new classes for them so that they can be like everybody else. Some short-term effects could be other schools catching on and creating class is just for the Islam. Some long-term effects it could be every school having classes especially for the muslim kids. I'm also another long-term effect could be teachers having to learn Islam so that they do have the background to teach these kids if they ever were to come through their system. 

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Hijab: Veiled in Controversy | Geography Education

Hijab: Veiled in Controversy | Geography Education | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Hijab is an Islamic concept of modesty and privacy, most notably expressed in women’s clothing that covers most of the body.
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Why So Many Icelanders Still Believe in Invisible Elves

Why So Many Icelanders Still Believe in Invisible Elves | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
How the country’s history and geography created the perfect setting for magical creatures, whose perceived existence sparks environmental protests to this day. 

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 30, 2013 9:32 AM

I was discussing the Norwegian tradition of trolls and fantastical creatures with a friend who lived there for a few years.  She said that she doesn't believe in trolls when she's in the United States, but "when you are in those mountains with the rocks and trees, how can you not imagine that they might exist?" 

AJ A. Gildner's curator insight, December 12, 2013 10:01 PM

In my AP Human Geography class, we have discussed the varying factors beween cultures.  I think this is one of the most interesting factors because it also adds to the history and foundation of a culture.  Personally, I would like to know the reasons, for believing or disbelieving in this existence of "elves", from locals.  This belief could cause much grief for construction of the island in the future.  However, I do not believe this a big problem, because I'm sure that many people around the world would be interested in these stories (I know I am).  Someday, when I go to Iceland, I will remember this article and surely will try and seek out these fantastic creatures.