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The Politics of Education Reform in the Middle East
Self and Other in Textbooks and Curricula
Edited by Samira Alayan, Achim Rohde, and Sarhan Dhouib
284 pages, 22 tables, 5 maps, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-0-85745-460-7 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (June 2012)
eISBN 978-0-85745-461-4 eBook
“The essays are very high quality, written by well-qualified researchers, and address a subject of high interest to those concerned with development/political issues related to the Middle East. They…make a significant contribution to the field of educational reform and development, identity construction and nation building.” · Eleanor Doumato, Watson Institute, Brown University
“This volume will prove a valuable contribution for scholars and policymakers interested in educational policy, curricular reform, historiography, and Arab World identities.” · Nabil Al-Tikriti, University of Mary Washington
Education systems and textbooks in selected countries of the Middle East are increasingly the subject of debate. This volume presents and analyzes the major trends as well as the scope and the limits of education reform initiatives undertaken in recent years. In curricula and teaching materials, representations of the “Self” and the “Other” offer insights into the contemporary dynamics of identity politics. By building on a network of scholars working in various countries in the Middle East itself, this book aims to contribute to the evolution of a field of comparative education studies in this region.
Samira Alayan is Lecturer at the David Yellin College of Education, Jerusalem. Since 2006 she has been a Research Fellow at the Georg-Eckert-Institute for International Textbook Research, Germany. Her research focuses on education in conflict zones, especially in Israel/Palestine, including East Jerusalem, and on education reforms in the Arab Middle East.
Achim Rohde coordinates the research network 'Re-Configurations. History, Memory and Transformative Processes in the Middle East and North Africa' at the Philipps University Marburg. He is the author of State-Society Relations in Ba’thist Iraq. Facing Dictatorship (Routledge, 2010) and co-editor of Iraq Between Occupations: Perspectives from 1920 to the Present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
Sarhan Dhouib was a Research Fellow at the Georg-Eckert-Institute for International Textbook Research, Germany in 2008-09, and is currently Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy of Kassel University, Germany. He co-edited Al-Islah at-Tarbawi fi-sh-Sharq al-Awsat (with Samira Alayan and Achim Rohde, Dar al-Shurouq, 2010). He was editor of Volume 59 of Concordia about current Arabic-Islamic philosophy and laureate of the Goethe-Institut´s Newcomer Award for Philosophy in 2011.
Subject: Educational Studies Sociology
Area: Middle East & Israel
List of Maps
List of Tables
Achim Rohde and Samira Alayan
Chapter 1. Educational Reform in the Arab World: Directives, Mechanisms, and Challenges in Lebanon, Syria, and Oman
Nemer Mansur Frayha
Chapter 2. Education Reform in Oman: Evolution of Secondary School Curricula
Salha Abdullah Issan
Chapter 3. Educational Developments in Jordan from the 1950s until Today: Stages and Characteristics
Mohammad Khalil Abbas
Chapter 4. Major Trends of Educational Reform in Egypt
Chapter 5. On the Impossibility of Teaching History in Lebanon: Notes on a Textbook Controversy
Chapter 6. History Textbooks in Egyptian Schools: A Tool for the Representation of Collective Memory
Chapter 7. Different Layers of Identity in Lebanese Textbooks
Chapter 8. The Philosophical Foundations of Education and the Range of its Implications for the Content of Civic Education Textbooks in Jordan
Mustafa Abu al-Sheikh and Yasser al-Khalailah
Chapter 9. Gender Images in Jordanian Textbooks in the Subject Field of Social Education
Chapter 10. Images of Europeans in Jordanian Textbooks
Chapter 11. History Curricula and Textbooks in Palestine: Between Nation Building and Quality Education
Chapter 12. Bridging Conflicts through History Education? A Case Study from Israel/Palestine
Notes on Contributors
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