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Education must reinforce and foster tolerance, mutual understanding and respect,
and reject spreading negative stereotypes of any kind. Therefore dialogue among
cultures, civilizations and religions should be integrated in curricula at all levels, in
order to help younger generations to understand and respect cultural and religious
differences.
The parties that contributed to this guidebook have played a leading role in this
connection. UNESCO, the League of Arab States, ISESCO, the Anna Lindh EuroMediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures and the Swedish
Institute Alexandria, in cooperation with the Georg Eckert Institute for International
Textbook Research and the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education and Research,
have joined forces to address the presentation of the “Other” in textbooks in Europe
and the Arab and Muslim worlds. Since 2004, our work has focused on improving
the portrayal of the “Other” in school curricula, starting with a common evaluation
of history textbooks in Europe and the Arab and Muslim worlds. This cooperation
gives priority to the search for better inter-cultural communications. It is based on
the premise that the risks of segregation, conflict and the feeling of the superiority
of one's civilization over the others all arise from the instrumentalization of cultural
and religious issues. As such, our collaboration is a very positive step towards the
promotion of a culture of justice, peace and cultural diversity and the building of an
alliance of civilizations.
This guidebook for History textbooks authors is the first major achievement of our
close cooperation. We are trying through this guidebook to reach out to both
educators and the authors of History textbooks and relevant curricula, who we feel
have a far-reaching impact on shaping the perceptions of young students. In a spirit
of openness and respect for freedom of thought and expression, we encourage all
parties involved in History textbooks to review the recommendations and analysis
of this resourceful document that has been developed by an international panel of
experts from Europe and the Arab and Muslim worlds. Their combined academic,
pedagogic and educational expertise coupled with a rigorous scientific process has
produced a valuable document that should be regarded as a key resource for
developing history curricula materials that promote a more balanced and nuanced
understanding of trends, issues and events.

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Guidebook for History Textbooks Authors