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Teaching Islam

Teaching Islam

Teaching Islam

Teaching Islam

  • By: Doumato & Starrett

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ISBN: 9788130908007

Bind: Hardbound

Year: 2008

Pages: 268

Size: 153 x 229 mm

Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.

Published in India by: Viva Books

Exclusive Distributors: Viva Books

Sales Territory: India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka


"An invaluable close scrutiny, especially in the wake of the September 11th attacks and accusations that textbooks fostering violence have heavily infiltrated Saudi Arabia and the Muslim world. Highly recommended."
—Midwest Book Review


Much has been made of the role that Saudi Arabia’s education system played in fostering the hatred that fueled the September 11 terror attacks. But do Saudi textbooks deserve to be faulted for fostering violence? And have Wahhabi ideas infiltrated the Islamic textbooks used in public schools throughout the Middle East? Confronting these questions, Teaching Islam explores the political and social priorities behind religious education in nine Middle Eastern countries.

The authors reveal dramatic differences in the way that Islam is presented in textbooks across the range of countries, reflecting local histories and the policy interests of the state. They also illustrate the perhaps surprising adaptability of Islam as leaders strive to reconcile Muslim identity with both state citizenship and the modern reality of an interdependent, globalized world.

Target Audience: 

Researchers in the area of Islam.



Textbook Islam, Nation Building, and the Question of Violence • Egypt: Promoting Tolerance, Defending Against Islamism • Iran: A Shi"ite Curriculum to Serve the Islamic State • Jordan: Prescription for Obedience and Conformity • Kuwait: Striving to Align Islam with Western Values • Oman: Cultivating Good Citizens and Religious Virtue • The Palestinian National Authority: The Politics of Writing and Interpreting Curricula • Saudi Arabia: From "Wahhabi" Roots and Contemporary Revisionism • Syria: Secularism, Arabism, and Sunni Orthodoxy • Turkey: Sanctifying a Secular State • Textbook Meanings and the Power of Interpretation • Conclusion: Tailor-Made Islam.


About the Editors: 

Eleanor A. Doumato is visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University. Her publications include Women and Globalization in the Arab Middle East: Gender, Economy, and Society (coedited with Marsha Pripstein Posusney) and Getting God"s Ear: Women, Islam, and Healing in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf.

Gregory Starrett is associate professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is the author of Putting Islam to Work: Education, Politics, and Religious Transformation in Egypt.


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