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ERIC Number: ED477741
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Feb-13
Pages: 13
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Response to the American Textbook Council Report, "Islam and the Textbooks."
Douglass, Susan
The Council on Islamic Education (CIE) is a nonprofit resource organization comprised of a diverse body of scholars of history, education, religion, and related disciplines. CIE strives to improve the U.S. K-12 education system by fostering the cultivation of knowledge, critical thinking, and global awareness among the nation's young citizens. CIE researches and publishes supplementary materials and teaching resources based on current scholarship in content areas related to Islam and Muslim history, world history/geography, and the humanities. The American Textbook Council has released an online report, "Islam and the Textbooks," which advertises being a part of a comprehensive textbook review on world history. The report, however, deals with brief selections from six books and does not systematically compare coverage of Islam in the books. The report produced an essay about Islam instead of a report about textbooks. This paper considers the council's report, examining its methods, its focus, and what it considers to the reports errors. The paper discusses the reports complaints about world history and about the inclusion of women in world history textbooks. It also finds that the report, in discussing the textbooks' treatment of legal systems in world history, reveals an ignorance of legal history in Muslim societies or the West. The paper contends that the report relies too much on information obtained from Bernard Lewis's, "What Went Wrong," an outdated modernization theory. It continues by discussing the report's allegations that CIE has consistently allied itself with people who take an antagonistic view of the U.S. and Western civilization. It concludes by considering history teaching vs. polemics. (BT)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Council on Islamic Education, Fountain Valley, CA.