Contemporary Islam

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 103–104 | Cite as

Eleanor Abdella Doumato and Gregory Starrett, editors, Teaching Islam: textbooks and religion in the Middle East

Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2007. 265 pp. ISBN 978-1-58826-450-3
  • Nermeen Mouftah

The essays collected in Teaching Islam: textbooks and religion in the Middle East, edited by Eleanor Abdella Doumato and Gregory Starrett, examine government-produced religious studies textbooks as well as civics and history texts that deal with religious content in Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, the Palestinian National Authority, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Turkey. The essays are the outcome of the 2003 conference, ‘Constructs of Inclusion and Exclusion: Religion and Identity-Formation in Middle Eastern School Curricula,’ convened at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. The title is somewhat misleading since the authors are not interested in a wide range of topics covered in the textbooks, but rather focus their attention on representations of others, particularly how jihadis taught. Given the post-September 11 framing of the project, the aim is not surprising, yet, without including such an aim explicitly in the book’s title, the collection of...


Curriculum Textbooks Islamism Islamic education Islam and state jihad Middle East government and politics 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Near & Middle Eastern CivilizationsUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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