• Samira Alayan


In this chapter, Alayan explores the challenges and dilemmas confronting textbooks published by the Palestinian Authority (PA), their foci and the processes they have undergone through the years. There is little doubt as to how influential textbooks are on the collective identity of Palestinian students and on the construction of a national identity. In 2000 the PA started introducing Palestinian textbooks, and these have been the subject of debate since 2006. While some claimed that the new curriculum did not live up to the expectations and national-historical perceptions of the Palestinians, Israel argued that the new textbooks were aggressive and that they encouraged violence. The textbooks studied exemplify claims that educational materials produced in countries with ongoing conflict rarely demonstrate objectivity.

Further Reading

  1. Bashir, B. ‘Engaging with the Injustice/Justice of Zionisim: New Challenges to Palestinian Nationalism’. Ethical Perspectives 18 (2011) 4, 632–645.Google Scholar
  2. Bashir, B. ‘Reconciling Historical Injustices: Deliberative Democracy and the Politics of Reconciliation’. Res Publica. A Journal of Moral, Legal and Social Philosophy 18 (2012) 2, 127–143.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samira Alayan
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  1. 1.Modern History and History DidacticsSapienza University of RomeRomaItaly

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