Cultural Oasis

For Arab Children, Collected Works Offer Roads to Tolerance, Critical Thinking

by Gail L. Zellman, Jeffrey Martini, Michal Perlman

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Violent reactions to provocative films and cartoons about Islam have left many people around the world more appalled by the reactions than by the provocations. This article from the Winter 2012-2013 issue of RAND Review explores research that focuses on Arabic-language materials targeted to children, which can be especially effective in cultivating a well-educated citizenry open to new ideas and capable of challenging the intolerant ideas of others in the Arab world by capitalizing on the rich cultural resources already being produced in Arabic that reinforce tolerance, promote new ideas, and support the development of critical thinking.

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