How a Public School in Scottsdale, Arizona,
Subjected Students to Islamic Indoctrination

William J. Bennetta


At the Mohave Middle School in Scottsdale, Arizona, students who took a 7th-grade social-studies course during the 2004-2005 school year were subjected to gross, prolonged indoctrination in Islam.

Much of the indoctrination was delivered in a corrupt schoolbook titled History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond, produced by a commercial publishing company that calls itself the Teachers’ Curriculum Institute (TCI). The writers of History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond, by relentlessly presenting Muslim religious tales and religious beliefs as matters of historical fact, have striven hard to induce students to embrace Islam.

The heavy indoctrination material in History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond is concentrated in chapters 8 and 9. This material consists overwhelmingly of Islamic religious propaganda. It includes blatant preaching as well as deceptive claims and extensive fraudulent narratives dealing with the beginnings of Islam, the life of Muhammad, and the inception of the Koran. These claims and narratives are disguised as accounts of history. They actually are restatements of Muslim fables and superstitions.

While TCI’s book disseminates and endorses Muslim legends and pseudohistorical fantasies in abundance, it ignores history. TCI’s writers have scorned historical scholarship, and they have concealed everything that historians have discovered or deduced about the origins of Islam, about Muhammad, and about the emergence of the Koran.

By depicting the dogmas and fantasies of Muslim believers as history, and by simultaneously excluding the findings and deductions of historians,History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond subjects students to a sectarian double-whammy.

I have asked an officer of TCI to identify the source or sources of the TCI book’s accounts of Muhammad, the beginnings of Islam, and the genesis of the Koran. He has refused to do so.