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Traditions of moral education in Iraq

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This article suggests three ideas. First, under the pressures of the Ottoman and Iraqi state modernity projects, two types of cultural traditions in Iraq, namely Islām and Arab tribal values, were negotiated and re-negotiated. Second, the concepts of merit based on these values changed over time and were institutionalised in education. Third, these changes created contrasting forms of moral education in the state education, the Arab tribal diwān and in Shi'a religious hawza education. Overall, the article discusses how cultural traditions were adapted in these societies in times of rapid change, how they affected moral education and how these themes may be understood historically.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Institute of Education, University of London, UK

Publication date: 2007-09-01

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