Formal history education in Lebanon: Crossroads of past conflicts and prospects for peace

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Abstract

By promoting inclusive identities among young generations and equipping them with critical attitudes and skills to untangle political claims, formal history education bears the potential to play a constructive role in processes of conflict transformation. Yet, as this ethnographic study of Lebanon shows, history education may as well act as weapon of war, sustaining hostilities and obstructing youth in pursuing a better future. Bringing together perspectives from students and teachers, curriculum designers and academics, as well as media and politicians, this paper highlights the intricate challenges and potential of peace-building through history education in societies affected by protracted conflict.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-207
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Development
Volume41
Early online date3 Jul 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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