For the residents of Raqqa, life has drastically changed since militants of the Islamic State (IS) group turned the Syrian city into their headquarters. Syria Deeply reports that since the town fell under IS rule, women are forced to wear black and cover their faces. Cigarettes and alcohol are forbidden. Public floggings and executions are now common.
The new rules extend to the city's schools, as Islamic State leaders have reportedly set out a new curriculum. In a video for the Wall Street Journal, Reem Makhoul explains the details of the new rules. Makhoul notes that classes such as music, social studies, arts, sports and philosophy are cut. Male teachers, staff and students are separated from their female colleagues. Female students and professors are obligated to wear a niqab, a full face veil. All references to "Syria" and its president, Bashar Assad, are banned.
According to the Associated Press, IS introduced similar changes in the city of Mosul, the group's stronghold in Iraq.
The new Mosul curriculum was reportedly personally issued by Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and information about the changes was posted in bulletins throughout the city. The new rules include bans on pictures that go against the militants' radical interpretation of Islam and songs that encourage national pride.
Watch Reem Makhoul's video above to learn more about education under the Islamic State.