According to a study in Austria, Islamic kindergartens in Vienna have been accused of creating “parallel societies” in their classrooms, in which children do not integrate, and of purposefully producing radicals.
The study shows approximately 10,000 children aged two to six years attend around 150 Muslim preschools teaching lessons from the Koran.
The study’s author, Ednan Aslan, a Turkish-born Austrian professor at Vienna University said at least a quarter of said preschools are supported by groups propagating ultra-conservative strains of Islam.
“Parents are sending their kids to establishments that ensure they are in a Muslim setting and learn a few suras (chapters from the Koran),” Aslan told AFP. “But, they are unaware that they are shutting them off from a multicultural society.”
The study was published last year and has been used by critics of immigration who claim these schools can lead to radical Islamic attacks similar to those in Paris and Brussels. However, many people are skeptical about Aslan’s findings, according to Daily Mail.
One publication sent a reporter undercover who pretended to be looking for a place for her child to go to school. The publication said she did not find any evidence to back up Aslan’s suggestions that the schools were producing “little Salafists.”
“This study feeds populism and forces Muslims to justify themselves constantly,” said Murat Gurol, a member of the Muslim Civil Society Network. He added that his son attends Muslim kindergarten to learn “the values of solidarity, humanity, and responsibility.”
Reportedly, the Vienna City Hall is now conducting an in-depth study on the debated topic, which will be published later this year.
H/T: Daily Mail
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