Academic Freedom in Arab Universities: Understanding, Practices, and Discrepancies
By: Hanada Taha-Thomure (author)Paperback
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This book is based on a foundational qualitative study that examines the history, meanings and practices of academic freedom at Arab universities. Eight professors who had experience teaching at Arab universities (two of whom are in exile) and one university president were interviewed. Results indicate that Arab higher education is unable to offer quality education, and most Arab students who can afford it, pursue their education in Europe or the United States. A comparison between Western and Arab academic freedom shows a similarity in the understanding of the concept that academic freedom should stem from the more general freedoms allowed in democratic societies. Historically, Arab Muslims enjoyed a great measure of general academic freedom. Presently, however, authoritarian regimes tend to shape Arab higher education and limit academic freedom to a special one that is at times only allowed in certain natural and applied sciences departments. Expectations that Arabs have of their universities include the development and advancement of Arab societies.
Those expectations are in conflict with the current practices of academic freedom at Arab universities where professors are fired, tortured and exiled because of the ideas and research that they are involved in.
Dr. Hanada Taha-Thomure is an independent researcher with a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Generalist), from the University of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Chapter 1 Contents Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Acknowledgments Chapter 4 Introduction: Background; The Nature of Academic Freedom in Western and Arab Cultures; Special & General Theories of Academic Freedom: General Theory of Academic Freedom, Special Theory of Academic Freedom, Contrasting General and Special Theories o Chapter 5 Western and Arab Understanding of Academic Freedom: Western Understanding of Academic Freedom; Arab Understanding of Academic Freedom; Summary Chapter 6 History of Arab Academic Freedom: History of Arab Academic Freedom; Summary Chapter 7 Status of Arab Higher Education Today: Traditional and Modern Influences on Arab University; Statistical Data: Illiteracy and Enrollment in Arab Universities and Abroad, Expenditure and Human Resources; Governance; Accreditation; Curricula; Staff Re Chapter 8 Methodology: Participants; Scope; Ethical Concerns; Participants' Biographies Chapter 9 Thematic Analysis of Interviews: Research Questions 1-8; Summary Chapter 10 Discussion: Academic Freedom: The Understanding and the Practice Chapter 11 Reference List Chapter 12 Index Chapter 13 Author Biographical Sketch
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