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World Yearbook of Education 2010 Education and the Arab 'World': Political Projects, Struggles, and Geometries of Power

Edited By André E. Mazawi, Ronald G. Sultana Copyright 2010

    The World Yearbook of Education 2010: Education and the Arab 'World': Political Projects, Struggles, and Geometries of Power, strives to do justice to the complex processes and dynamics behind the world of Arab education. Western interest in all things ‘Arab’ has greatly increased over the course of the decade, but this interest runs the risk of forgetting that the Arab world is positioned within wider contexts of regional, geopolitical, and global processes.

    This volume examines Arab education in a range of contexts – regional, diasporic, and trans-national – to better understand how the field of Arab education is formed through local, regional, geopolitical and global engagements and resonances. In doing so, contributors from a range of disciplines open critical conversations about the intersections of history, culture, geopolitics, policy, and education. The World Yearbook of Education 2010 offers new conceptual and empirical approaches that deal with some of the often-neglected aspects of the study of Arab education: contested political projects; struggles towards emancipation, recognition and liberation; and a larger concern for social justice, equity, and political inclusion.

    1. Editorial Introduction: Situating the 'Worlds' of Arab Education: Critical Engagements -André E. Mazawi & Ronald G. Sultana

    Part I: Contested Policyscapes

    2. Privatizing Education in the Maghreb: A Path for a Two-Tiered Education System -Abdeljalil Akkari

    3. TVET Reforms in the Arab Region: The ‘Push’ and ‘Pull’ in Policy Development -Borhène Chakroun & Eva Jimeno Sicilia

    4. The Contested Terrain of Educational Reform in Egypt -Fatma Sayed

    5. Pressure Groups, Education Policy and Curriculum Development in Lebanon: A Policy Maker’s Retrospective and Introspective Standpoint -Nemer Frayha

    Part II: Re-calling Voices

    6. Education and Ethnography: Insiders, Outsiders, and Gatekeepers -Linda Herrera

    7. Performing Patriotism: Rituals and Moral Authority in a Jordanian High School -Fida Adely

    8. Doing ‘Identity Work’ in Teacher Education: The Case of a UAE Teacher -Matthew Clarke

    9. To Educate an Iraqi-Jew: Or What Can We Learn From Hebrew Autobiographies about Arab Nationalism and the Iraqi Education System (1921-1952) -Orit Bashkin

    Part III: Suspended Visibilities

    10. The Human Right to Education in Arab Countries: An International Law Perspective -Sawsan Zaher

    11. Inclusive Education and Children with Disabilities in the Gulf Cooperation Council Member States -Sara Ashencaen Crabtree & Richard Williams

    12. The Teaching of Amazigh in France and Morocco: Language Policies and Citizenship Between Pedagogy and Power Politics -Abdelouahad Mabrour & Khalil Mgharfaoui

    13. Educational Provision and spatial Dis-[O]rientation Among Pastoralist Communities in the Middle East and North Africa -Steven C. Dinero

    14. Citizenship, Difference and the Schooling of Muslim Children in Malta -Louise Chircop

    Part IV: Knowledge Imaginaries

    15. Nationalism, Islamic Political Activism, and Religious Education in the Arab Region -Rukhsana Zia

    16. Higher Education and Differentiation Based on Knowledge: Algeria’s Aborted Dream -Hocine Khelfaoui

    17. Going International: The Politics of Educational Reform in Egypt -Iman Farag

    18. Arab Youth, Education and Satellite Broadcasting -Imad Karam

    Part V: Geopolitical Predicaments

    19. American Dreams of Reinventing the ‘Orient’: Digital Democracy and Arab Youth Cultures in a Regional Perspective -Omar El-Khairy

    20. Palestinians, Education, and the Israeli "Industry of Fear" -Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian

    21. War, State Collapse and the Predicament of Education in Iraq, Nabil Al-Tikriti

    22. Representations of Arabs in Iranian Elementary School Text Books -Golnar Mehran


    André Elias Mazawi is associate professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. He is also an associate fellow at the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research at the University of Malta.

    Ronald G. Sultana is professor in the Department of Education Studies at the University of Malta, where he also leads the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research. He is the founding editor of the Mediterranean Journal of Educational Studies.

    "A timely contribution to the field of international and comparative education…[this book] is highly recommended for courses in international and comparative education. Many of the chapters will make welcome additional readings for courses in the anthropology/sociology of education. Moreover, the book will be of value to policy analysts as well as education researchers planning on conducting fieldwork in the Arab region."--Teachers College Record