Consider where the KGIA textbooks may be coming from…

ACMCU Education Consultant

Susan Douglass
Education Consultant

Susan Douglass has an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in History from the University of Rochester, and is currently enrolled in the doctoral program in history at George Mason University. During 2006, she served as Senior Researcher for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations initiative, and was an Affiliated Scholar with the Council on Islamic Education for over a decade, reviewing over a dozen commercial textbooks in development, reviewing state curricula and standards, and developing instructional resources.

Major publications include World Eras: Rise and Spread of Islam, 622-1500 (Thompson/Gale, 2002), teaching resources for the Council on Islamic Education and the National Center for History in the Schools, a childrenʼs book Ramadan (Carolrhoda Books, 2002), and many articles and book chapters.

(Will we be seeing Textbooks teaching about Christmas and Chanukah side-by-side with these textbooks?) pakay

She is contributor to online teaching resources such as the, the Smithsonian Freer Gallery teaching guide Arts of Islam, and the San Diego State University curriculum project World History for Us All.

(Her husband is a wahhabi )

She conducted the study Teaching About Religion in National and State Social Studies Standards (Freedom Forum First Amendment Center and Council on Islamic Education, 2000) and has a study of world history and geography standards in publication. She conducted teacher workshops nationwide for over a decade before developing the workshop program at the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding.

Related Links:

Center Professional Development Workshops for Educators

Academic Programs

The establishment of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding reflects the role of religion in contemporary international systems. Both Georgetown’s Catholic-Jesuit heritage and its location in Washington have shaped the University’s abiding interest in the study of religion and international relations. The global presence and impact of Islam is a fact of international life. Understanding this and relating it to other dimensions of world affairs is a central concern of the Center’s academic programs.


Information on other schools…

Hometown Jihad: The School Gym that Terror Built

San Diego

San Diego Arab public school implements shari’a – forms taxpayer funded madrassah


The Western European view of religion, achieved after centuries of bloodshed, conflict and division, is that religion is a matter of private belief and conscience. Islamic fundamentalists do not share this view.

They do not believe in the nation state, democracy, the equality of women, or toleration.

So…WHO is “Debbie” Almontaser, the PRINCIPAL of the KGIA in Brooklyn…. and what will be the agenda of this PUBLIC school! 

Dhabah(Debbie) Almontaser New York City Department of Education

Debbie Almontaser is currently Coordinator of External Programs for Brooklyn public schools. As a multicultural specialist and diversity consultant, Ms. Almontaser facilitates teacher and public workshops on Arab culture, Islam, conflict resolution, cultural diversity, and Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed around the city, and at local and national conferences.




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