ERIC Number: EJ1107241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
On the Margins: The Depiction of Muslims in Young Children's Picturebooks
Torres, Heidi J.
Children's Literature in Education, v47 n3 p191-208 Sep 2016
There are few empirical studies that examine the depiction of Muslims in children's literature. Given the influence of US media on perspectives of Muslims (Jackson, 2010), and the pervasive use of children's literature in American schools, it is important to investigate what viewpoints about Islam are being communicated to children through these texts. In this qualitative study, the author uses inductive content analysis to examine the depiction of Muslims in picturebooks written for young children and in English, an area of study in which very little research has been conducted. Themes that emerged within and across texts are discussed and illustrated with examples from the books in the sample. Perspectives about Islam communicated through these themes are described. The author discusses the implications of the findings for Muslims and non-Muslims, making suggestions to enhance the depiction of Muslims and make them more visible in the literature, benefitting all readers in the process.
Descriptors: Muslims, Childrens Literature, Picture Books, Islam, Qualitative Research, Content Analysis, English Literature, Literary Criticism, Literature Appreciation, Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation, Racial Attitudes, Religious Discrimination
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