Children In The Muslim Middle East

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Today nearly half of all people in the Middle East are under the age of fifteen. Yet little is known about the new generation of boys and girls who are growing up in a world vastly different from that of their parents, a generation who will be the leaders of tomorrow. This groundbreaking anthology is an attempt to look at the current situation of children by presenting materials by both Middle Eastern and Western scholars. Many of the works have been translated from Arabic, ...

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Overview

Today nearly half of all people in the Middle East are under the age of fifteen. Yet little is known about the new generation of boys and girls who are growing up in a world vastly different from that of their parents, a generation who will be the leaders of tomorrow. This groundbreaking anthology is an attempt to look at the current situation of children by presenting materials by both Middle Eastern and Western scholars. Many of the works have been translated from Arabic, Persian, and French.

The forty-one pieces are organized into sections on the history of childhood, growing up, health, work, education, politics and war, and play and the arts. They are presented in many forms: essays in history and social science, poems, proverbs, lullabies, games, and short stories. Countries represented are Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Israel/West Bank, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Lebanon, Turkey, Yemen, and Afghanistan.

This book complements Elizabeth Fernea's earlier works, Women and the Family in the Middle East and Middle Eastern Muslim Women Speak (coedited with Basima Bezirgan). Like them, it will be important reading for everyone interested in the Middle East and in women's and children's issues.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292724907
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Childhood in the Muslim Middle East 3
Children in the Arab Gulf States: Some Important and Urgent Issues 17
The Code of Children's Rights in Islam 30
Adoption in Islamic Society: A Historical Survey 45
Children of Amman: Childhood and Child Care in Squatter Areas of Amman, Jordan 68
Kuwaiti Lullabies 77
Changing Child-Rearing Patterns in an Egyptian Village 84
Love Conquers All? Changing Images of Gender and Relationship in Morocco 93
Sudanese Lullabies and Adolescent Songs 109
To My Son Mehmet, I Present Our Fruits 114
My Religion Series 116
Teach Your Children the Love of God's Messenger 118
Orphanages in Egypt: Contradiction or Affirmation in a Family-Oriented Society 124
Child Care and Child Health in Low-Income Neighborhoods of Cairo 146
Bodily Mutilation of Young Females 168
Life and Health of Jordanian Children 176
Child Mortality and the Changing Discourse on Childhood in Turkey 199
Women's Laments for Children Who Have Died 223
The Child as Economic Investment: Preliminary Reflections 230
Children's Contribution to Social Security and the Family in Egypt 235
Working Children in Cairo: Case Studies 239
The Rungs of the Ladder 250
An Unmarried Girl and a Grinding Stone: A Turkish Girl's Childhood in the City 257
Early Education in Kuwait: A Brief Description of the Nursery Curriculum 272
Revolution for Children in Saudi Arabia 276
Turkish First-Grade Text from Jinn Ali Starts School 295
Alternative Education under the Intifada: The Palestinian Response to Israeli Policy in the Occupied Territories 298
Childhood and Education in Highland North Yemen 309
Gender Roles in Iranian Public School Textbooks 325
Changing Perceptions of Iranian Identity in Elementary Textbooks 337
The Rights of the Child Under Islamic Law: Prohibition of the Child Soldier 367
Children of Fire (Ribat Al-Fatah) 375
Girls' Participation in Combat: A Case Study from Lebanon 378
Attitudes of Teenage Girls to the Iranian Revolution 392
Poetry and Pageants: Growing Up in the Syrian Vanguard 410
Children's Games and Songs in Egypt 425
Patterns of Musical Development among Children in Afghanistan 431
The Small Lamp 445
Children's Games and Songs from Tunisia 448
Themes Reflected in Palestinian Children's Literature 453
Iftah Ya Simsim (Open Sesame) and Children in Baghdad 464
Conclusion 469
Contributors 472
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