By Marcus Sheff, The Times of Israel – March 3, 2016
The Times of Israel article a couple of weeks ago headlined: “In a first, new Egyptian schoolbook teaches peace deal with Israel” and based on an Army Radio report by Jacky Hugi, was intriguing.
Dr. Yohanan Manor revisits the Egyptian curriculum of the Mubarak era and puts it in historical perspective. The article convincingly demonstrates how years of under-the-radar official Islamist mass education (featuring jihad and anti-Christian teachings) thwarted a smooth transformation to democracy in Egypt. Instead, this curriculum led to political turmoil, coupled with violence against the country’s indigenous Coptic citizens. This research, published in the Middle East Quarterly, displays the critical role of education in shaping reality on the ground. Education and the attitudes of curricula toward others should be factored into any strategic analysis
Jews, Christians, War and Peace in Egyptian School Textbooks
By IMPACT-SE (formerly CMIP) – March 2004
This reports surveys 103 Egyptian textbooks for use in state schools and 16 textbooks for use in the religious Azharite school system. The majority of the books were published in 2002.