Confronting Islamophobia in Educational Practice

Edited by Barry Van Driel
December 2004
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    10th December 2004
  • ISBN 9781858563404
  • Language English
  • Pages 160 pp.
  • Size 5.75" x 9"

How is the educational community across the world coming to grips with increased societal hostility towards Islam as a belief system and towards their Muslim populations?

This book examines the issue of Islamophobia, the fear of Islam, from multiple perspectives. Background and academic articles contextualize this phenomenon, with the main thrust of the book being on educational practice. The contributors–from the US, Europe, Australia and Israel–show how schools, teachers, and students are coping with the stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination that are building up against Islam and its followers.

This timely and important book will appeal to academic readers seeking a theoretical and historical approach to the issue and particularly to teachers, educational and community leaders who are looking for methods to address the Islamophobia they encounter in their classrooms and schools.

"[The authors] deftly present the state of affairs in many nations and offer strategies to combat the harful words, actions, decisions, policies, and cultures of Islamophobia. These strategies and contermeasures are not only for teachers and their students, but also for schools as a whole, for local education agencies, and even local and national governments….Advacates of equity, interrelgious understanding, and safe schools, as well as educators and instructional leaders with an Islamic student populace, will find this book worth reading."

- Multicultural Review

"…and will also appeal to experienced educators.…timely and poignant."

- Educational Review

"This is an important contribution to an area of education, culture and social development that has been treated only marginally to date."

- Comparative Education

The Contributors: Pieter Batelaan (The Netherlands); Michele Bertani (Italy); Irene Donohoue Clyne (Australia); Barry van Driel, editor, (USA / The Netherlands); Mouin Fahiraladin (Israel); Beth Finkelstein (USA); Amber Haque (Malaysia); Yasemin Karakasoglu (Germany); J’Lein Liese (USA); Sigrid Luchtenberg (Germany); Maurice Coles (UK); Robin Richardson (UK); Prof. Shifra Sagy (Israel); Fida Sanjakdar (Australia); Lorraine Sheridan (UK); Shoshana Steinberg (Israel).

Barry Van Driel

Barry Van Driel is the Secretary General of the International Association for Intercultural Education and Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal Intercultural Education. He is also employed as a curriculum developer and teacher trainer at the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam. He lives, alternately, in the Netherlands and the United States. He is presently implementing multiple projects in the USA and Europe that focus on prejudice reduction, education in a multicultural society and human rights education.