Purpose of this blog: Review of interesting articles and ideas in English education journals, K-12.
10-second review: The problem—dealing with students of the Muslim culture in spite of the fear, hatred and loathing of Muslims because of the events of 9/11.
Title: “Negotiating Understanding Through the Young Adult Literature of Muslim cultures.” AL Baer and JN Glasgow. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (September 2010), 23-32.
Quote: “The dream of opportunity for all people has not come true for everyone in America, but its promise exists for all who come to our shores—and that includes nearly 7 million American Muslims in our country today who, by the way, enjoy incomes and educational levels that are higher than the American average.” (President Obama, 2009). P. 23.
Quote: “While…America continues to be a land of opportunity for many, the tragedy of September 11, 2001, resulted in widespread fear of and bigotry toward those who call themselves Muslims.” P. 23.
Summary: There are numbers of books in Young Adult Literature that depict Muslim cultures. Here is a list provided by the authors. For more information on these books, please consult the article.
Thura’s diary: My Life in Wartime Iraq. Al-Windawi, T. (2004).
Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood. I. Barakat. (2007).
Camel Bells. J Carlsson. (2002).
Samir and Yonatan. D. Carmi.
A Stone in My Hand. C. Clinton.
The Breadwinner. D Ellis. (2010).
Pavana’s Journey. D Ellis. (2004).
Mud City. D Ellis. (2005).
Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak. D. Ellis. (2006).
Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran. R Halakian. (2004).
West of Jordan. L Halabby. (2003).
The Kite Runner. K Hosseini. (2007).
The Swallows of Kabul. Y. Khadra. (2005).
A Sky So Close. B Khedairi. (2002).
A Little Piece of Ground. E. Laird. (2006).
Habibi. NS Nye. (1999).
19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East. NS Nye. (2002).
Persian Girls: A Memoir. N Rachlin. (2007).
We Just Want to Live Here. A. Rifa’I and O Ainbinder. (2003).
Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog from Iraq. Riverbend. (2005).
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood. M Satrapi. (2003).
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return. M Satrapi. (2004).
Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind. SF Staples. (2003).
Haveli. SF Staples. (1993).
Refugees. C Stine. (2005).
Comment: I’m sure many of you have read Three Cups of Tea. It was the first book that made me aware of the existence of moderate Muslims. Without having previewed any of these Young Adolescent books, I am sure that they paint a picture of Muslims as human beings, just like us. RayS.