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ERIC Number: EJ930781
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1066-2847
Combating Anti-Muslim Bias
Shah, Nirvi
Teaching Tolerance, n39 p34-37 Spr 2011
America's 2.5 million Muslims make up less than 1 percent of the U.S. population, according to the Pew Research Center. Anecdotally, educators know that many Muslim students face discrimination. Unfortunately, no group or government agency keeps statistics on the subject. But some cases have warranted investigation by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights. Muslim groups have reported widespread bias as well. For many Muslim students--particularly those who don't speak English--teachers are their best defense. But one of the obstacles to dealing with religious bias for many teachers--including experienced ones--is that their knowledge about Islam is often limited, says Diane Moore, a divinity and education professor at Harvard University. She says taking a cultural studies course to learn about a religion, any religion, can help educators become aware and responsive to issues of discrimination.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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