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IMPACT-SE's Reports

IMPACT-SE focuses on the research of school textbooks, teachers' guides, and syllabi used worldwide--particularly in the Middle East--to find out whether the younger generations are being educated to accept "the others," i.e. their neighbors, the minorities in their midst, and even their enemies, and to solve conflicts with them through negotiation and compromise, rather than being incited to rejection, hatred and violence.

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Inculcating Islamist Ideals in Egypt
Fall 2015

Dr. Yohanan Manor revisits the Egyptian curriculum of the Mubarak era and convincingly demonstrates how years of Islamist mass education (featuring jihad and anti-Christian teachings) thwarted a smooth transformation to democracy in Egypt.


Imperial Dreams: The Paradox of Iranian Education
May 2015 (Special Interim Report)

In 2014-15 IMPACT-SE revisited Iranian school textbooks, covering the three academic years from 2012-15 and prepared this special interim report reflecting new developments in Iranian education. Unlike political and diplomatic declarations that are often propagated for diverse audiences and interests, education provides a clearer indicator as to where a country is heading.


Time-Tested Education for Peace: The Bible and the IMPACT-SE Methodology
March 2014 (Lecture originally given at a conference on religious education at Konya, Turkey, 2014)

Education has an extremely long impact and religious education even more so. The influence of education lasts for generations. A new study conducted at IMPACT-SE examines The Biblical Saga of Jacob and Esau as a case study of a long-lasting educational text. The study demonstrates that this particular Biblical text positively influenced the relations between two neighboring Middle Eastern peoples for a millennium.


Peace, Tolerance and the Palestinian "Other" in Israeli Textbooks: Update for 2009-2012
June 2012

This study analyzes the attitude of Israel’s education system towards the Palestinian people and nationality, and towards the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. It is based on the review of 149 state and state-religious textbooks, which were approved and recommended by the Israeli Ministry of Education for 2009-2012.


Palestinian Authority School Textbooks, 2011: A Draft Report on Attitudes toward Israel and the Jews; Peace and Non-Violence; the West Gender and the Environment
May 2011

Attached is a draft report on 117 school textbooks of the Palestinian Authority's (PA), from grade 1 to grade 12, issued depicting attitudes towards Jews and Israel, Peace and Non-Violence as well as Gender and the Environment. The school textbooks include 70 student books and 22 teacher guides issued by the PA Ministry of Education along with 25 student books issued by the PA Ministry of Endowments (Awqaf) and Religious Affairs. All the 118 books and guides are in current use at the PA schools.


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