ERIC Number: EJ1090194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
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Reference Count: 105
"Confused by Multiple Deities, Ancient Egyptians Embraced Monotheism": Analysing Historical Thinking and Inclusion in Egyptian History Textbooks
Abdou, Ehaab D.
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v48 n2 p226-251 2016
Egyptian history textbooks are examined through the prism of historical thinking dimensions and skills, utilizing a critical discourse analysis. The analysis focuses on how the textbooks portray two historically significant events: the advent of Christianity (ca. 33 CE) and Islam (ca. 641 CE) to Egypt. It reveals that the historical narrative presented in the textbooks does two things: first, it essentializes a dominant identity--mainly an Arab Muslim one--eclipsing the multilayered identity informed by the country's long history. Secondly, the textbooks miss several opportunities to promote historical thinking skills such as "cause and consequence" and "change and continuity". As an entry point to revising the textbooks to include currently missing indigenous minority narratives, a narrative approach that focuses on cultural continuity and change is proposed. The article also calls for further investigation of how these textbooks influence students' sense of citizenship and historical consciousness, especially that they are increasingly exposed to alternative and competing historical narratives outside the history classroom.
Descriptors: World History, Textbooks, Textbook Content, Cultural Influences, Identification (Psychology), Thinking Skills, Foreign Countries, History Instruction, Discourse Analysis, Curriculum, Islam, Ideology, Statistical Analysis, Qualitative Research, Content Analysis, Christianity
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Identifiers - Location: Egypt