Income inequality throughout the Middle East is best addressed
through effective education. In our highly technological,
globalized economy, people without education will not be able to
improve their economic situations. The interaction among religions,
education and political control in contemporary Middle East is
profiled through interviews with media, political, religious and
educational leaders along with classroom observations and
competency measures of graduates. This never-before documentary is
important for those who have a vested interest in the economic and
social health of the Middle East. Without a strong educated
citizenry, the democratic future of any country is in jeopardy.
Beginning with a history of religious education through to
contemporary institutions enables readers to understand existing
conditions throughout the Middle East. Ancient Jewish, Christian
and Muslim religions expand their impact through the control of
their religious and educational systems. Initially training judges,
religious leaders and converts, religious schools became the
bedrock of education throughout the region.Building on interlocking
monotheistic religious histories, this work demonstrates how
political forces unknowingly began to build elements of democracy
through increasing access to education and technology, secularizing
content, and allowing ethnic communities to control their believers
through religious education of their leaders. Lebanon, Syria,
Palestine, Israel, Jordan and Egypt are then profiled according to
the development of aspects of democracy: increasing access to
education, enjoyment of basic freedoms, justice, dignity of self,
and the right for all to be free of discrimination. Lebanon
supports freedom of choice for citizens as most parents can and do
choose to educate their children in a plethora of private rather
than government schools. Syria, recognizing the importance of
education, provides education for all including Iraqi, Afghani and
Palestinian refugees at a great cost to its own citizens. Jordan
favors university access for rural, royal, and Arab Jordanians,
particularly from less academically strong schools, and limits
access for qualified Palestinians.This book provides insights from
researchers, interviews with students, teachers, administrators and
classroom observations in private, public and refugee camp schools.
Political, social and media leaders discuss the status of education
and religion in their countries. Furthermore, the competencies of
graduating students indicate the developing intellectual and
technological force of youth in the Middle East. These are the
students who are becoming the basis of the economic, religious and
democratic future of the region.
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