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ERIC Number: EJ931483
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1474-0222
Escaping from Sunday School: Teaching "The Middle East" in the Setting of Religion
Marten, Michael
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, v10 n3 p241-251 Jul 2011
The article argues that, in the teaching of religion at undergraduate level, many students approach understanding the historical or contemporary Middle East in ways that are coloured by what they think is biblical knowledge or basic Christian beliefs. This is less noticeable for students in disciplines such as history or politics. Many history or politics courses that address issues related to the Middle East use Edward Said's "Orientalism" to interpret scholarship and attitudes prevalent in the West. I argue that this represents a valid starting point for religion students too, whether dealing with contemporary or historical issues, but the approach often used in other disciplines to teach Said's work may require rethinking when teaching religion students. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Palestine