Democracy in the Middle East : The Impact of Religion and Education
The history and current conditions of religious and secular educational systems are compared as they build democracy in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, the West Bank, Gaza and refugee camps. Income inequality and academic competencies are supported through research, use of technology, classroom observations, textbook examinations and interviews with teachers, administrators, students, graduates, and comparisons of international academic test results.
- Hardback | 256 pages
- 157.48 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 521.63g
- 22 Aug 2011
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 1. Ancient Jewish Education Chapter 3 2. Early Christian Education Chapter 4 3. Islamic Education Chapter 5 4. Two Approaches to Modernizing Religious and Military Educational Systems: Turkey and Iran (1883-1960) Chapter 6 5. Egyptian Women's Voices Chapter 7 6. Educating Warriors of Islam: Iran 1960-Present Chapter 8 7. No Child Left Behind: Religious, Public and Private Education in Syria Chapter 9 8. Lebanon: Democracy Based in Religion Chapter 10 9. Jordan: The Democratic Monarchy Chapter 11 10. Education in Israel 1948 to Present Chapter 12 11. Palestinian Education throughout the Middle East Chapter 13 12. Democracy as Developed in the Middle East
How can education serve as a transformative instrument in a society? Dr. Judith Cochran gives the reader a much needed, thorough and brave account of educational history in the Middle East. She intertwines the historical, political and religious background with the development of education in many of the countries, arguing that the seeds of democracy and democratic ideals have already been planted; what these societies really need are courageous and innovative governments that utilize education to unite their peoples rather than hide behind the rubric of pluralism to reinforce divisions. As a student of the impact of education on women, especially in the Middle East, I find this book to be a great original work and an essential read to all those who are interested in reform, and equity and social justice for all, not just the chosen few. -- Mirna Lattouf, Arizona State University
About Judith Cochran
Judith Cochran is the E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Tutorial Education and the director of the Regional Institute of Tutorial Education. She is the author of Educational Roots of Political Crisis in Egypt.