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ERIC Number: ED310952
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Pages: 22
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Teaching Political Science in the Arab World.
Habiby, Raymond
There are many impediments to the development of political science as a true academic discipline in the Arab world. Each nation has its own ideological and political framework, and freedoms are determined within this framework. To operate outside this framework is considered an attack on the legality of the system and a possible threat to national security. Therefore, academic freedoms are limited and classroom instruction is a matter of delivering preplanned concepts. Objectionable professors and students are purged and information that is considered objectionable is not included when textbooks and journals are translated into Arabic. There is no separation of church and state in the Islamic world, so for a political scientist to discuss analytically the concepts of the Caliphate or such topics as nationalism, socialism, or Marxism is tantamount to heresy. Because Ph.D. programs are not well developed, graduates of the universities must go abroad for further study. When they return to teach, they bring with them the teaching methods, textbooks, and philosophical and ideological orientations of those countries in which they studied. This diversity creates problems as professors and administrators disagree on curricula, subject content, examinations, treatment of students, and research methods. The Arabic language is required for instruction but there is a shortage of textbooks and reference materials in Arabic. The faculty in the Arab world sense these problems and are attempting to resolve them. (JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa