: Oct 13, 2017

Judge rules segregating boys and girls in Islamic school is sex discrimination

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An appeals court in the UK has ruled that the gender segregation practiced in an Islamic school is not legal:


Firstly, can someone please explain how and why they are targeting an Islamic school while some of the most well-known schools in that same country (such as Eton), and many other religious schools run by Christian and Jewish groups, and even many secular schools, are also gender segregated?
Historically, some of the most reputable schools around the world have been gender-exclusive. And quite a few studies have shown that segregating boys and girls during that stage creates a better study environment.

Secondly, in light of all of the sex-scandals rocking Hollywood and political figures around the world (and let’s leave it at that for this post please!), isn’t it ironic that some very basic, common-sense policies rooted not only in the Shariah but also in historical validated and experienced policies of the pre-modern Western world are being criticized so severely? Modest clothes (for men and women), gender guidelines, gender interactions, sexual chastity (viz., only within marriage) and more issues, are all being mocked and dismissed as backward, yet the scandals of famous figures and politicians and Hollywood producers only increases (and what happens amongst regular folks is no less).

For sure, no single policy or system can make sexual harassment disappear – but there are common-sense rules that would minimize such harassment and protect those who are vulnerable. One such rule, which is observed by many religiously conservative faith traditions, is to put guidelines on gender interactions, and hence to segregate high-schools along gender lines.

The court ruled that such segregation does not prepare our children for real life. If real life includes the types of harassment that Hollywood producers are guilty of, then perhaps it is better that our children are not prepared for that type of life.

Judge rules segregating boys and girls in Islamic school is sex discrimination

An Islamic faith school’s policy of segregating boys from girls is unlawful sex discrimination, Court of Appeal judges have said in a landmark ruling. Ofsted placed the mixed-sex Al-Hijrah school in Birmingham into special measures last June after it claimed dividing classes was discriminatory. But…



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