53 / 2021
Ela Porić, Aleš Črnič

Representations of Islam and Muslims in Slovenian Primary School Textbooks

The article discusses the representations of Islam and Muslims in Slovenian primary school textbooks. The critical discursive analysis focuses on four thematic emphases around which such representations are concentrated: security and violence, geo­graphical and cultural placement, the role of women and gender relations, and the contribution of Muslims to the development of Western civilization. A comprehensive analysis reveals that a multitude of minor biases and/or exaggerations in the absence of certain themes and/or visual illustrations together form a distorted representation that reproduces certain stereotypes as well as ancient fears of Muslims and Islam.
KEYWORDS: Islam, Muslims, primary school textbooks, representations, stereotype

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