Education and Indoctrination in the Islamic Republic of Iran

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Book Chapter

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Public education provides a unique socialization experience that can lead to the creation of loyal and competent citizens. After the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 and the subsequent invasion of Iran by Iraq in 1980, schools became another front in the war with the enemies of the state. Consequently, schools collaborated with the paramilitary organization called Basij, for protecting the Islamic theocratic state and promoting its ideals. A sample of textbooks are examined to show the idealogical framing of schooling in today's Iran and how curricula have changed in response to national and international events.


This book chapter was originally published in Transforming Public Education in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. The book from the publisher can be found here.

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