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ERIC Number: EJ809264
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0380-2361
Learning Not to Speak in Tongues: Thoughts on "The Librarian of Basra"
Jardine, David; Naqvi, Rahat
Canadian Journal of Education, v31 n3 p639-666 2008
We explore the nature of knowledge and education and how Islamic traditions have shaped understanding of these matters. We contrast this with contemporary images of "Taliban-like" schools full of rote repetition and harsh, authoritarian literalism. Some of the history of Islamic scholarship venerates a much more generous relationship to knowing. We link these explorations to a recently published children's picture book, a true story about a librarian in Basra, Iraq, during the recent American invasion. Even if it is a "true story," we consider what its truth is and whether educators might or should or could stand by this truth.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iraq