concrete classroom recommendations, cultural representations, islam, muslims, social studies teachers


Arts and Humanities


Contemporary global events of the War on Terror, the War on ISIS, and the United States contentious relationship with Muslim societies make it crucial to teach about Islam and Muslims in school. However, negative representations of Islam and Muslims often impede this process. Overcoming these challenges is critical for the development of compassionate and informed students who are capable of thinking critically in a complex and globalized world. This article shows the importance of addressing Muslim representation in the media, debunks myths about Islam and Muslims, and provides concrete classroom recommendations for teachers.


Original Citation

Elbih, R. (2015). Teaching about Islam and Muslims while countering cultural misrepresentations. The Social Studies, 106(3), 112-116.