Library books claiming hell is mostly full of women because they are ‘ungrateful to their husbands’ have been found in Islamic schools, it has emerged.
Ofsted has put together a file of the worst examples of discrimination and sexism its inspectors found in schools.
Among the library books they found was one titled ‘women who deserve to go hell’ which claimed it was wrong for wives to show ‘ingratitude to their husband’ or have ‘tall ambitions’.
And it advises pupils: ‘In the beginning of the 20th century, a movement for the freedom of women was launched with the basic objective of driving women towards aberrant ways.’
The book was written by Egyptian preacher Mansoor Abdul Hakim.
Other books said in a Muslim marriage ‘the wife is not allowed to refuse sex to her husband’ or ‘leave the house where she lives without his permission’ while boys and girls were taught the ‘man by way of correction can also beat her’.
One school Ofsted visited encouraged children to read a text that contrasted the ‘noble women of the East’ with the ‘internally torn woman of the West’.
It claimed western women attract men and hang around aimlessly in cinemas and cafés.
The materials came from state-funded schools as well as private faith schools and those running illegally as under-the-radar madrassas without registering with the government.
Inspectors also claimed teachers said that women had a responsibility ‘only to bear children and bring them up as Muslims’, The Times reported.
In a box entitled ‘daily life and relationships’, a pupil had written that men are ‘physically stronger’ and women are ’emotionally weaker’.
The worksheet was covered in approving red ticks from the teacher.
Ofsted insiders said the discovery of the books made for ‘uncomfortable reading’.
There are 177 Muslim schools in England, of which 148 are independent, and the rest state-funded.
The Department for Education has been contacted for comment.
The findings comes as Muslims girls wearing the hijab in primary schools will be quizzed as to why by inspectors.
The education watchdog took issue in particular with primary schools which allow girls as young as four to wear the hijab. It said there is a “growing concern” about the trend. Inspectors are now planning to question Muslim girls who wear the hijab at primary school, because most Islamic teaching does not require girls to cover their heads until they reach puberty.
An investigation is also being launched into a reported rise in the number of girls forbidden from taking swimming lessons in order to preserve their modesty.