Randa Elbih, Ph.D., assistant professor of Education at the University of Saint Joseph, held a discussion and book signing on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. Her book, titled, “Dialectics of 9/11 and the War on Terror: Educational Responses,” discusses the increase of Islamophobia in schools after the September 11 attacks. Her book aims to better inform teachers on teaching critically about 9/11 and the War on Terror.
“My book has been 10 years in the making! It’s exciting to finally see it published and to have this event. I’m appreciative of USJ’s support for new faculty and scholars – especially since I’m a new professor here,” said Elbih.
Elbih highlights three causes of Islamophobia in pedagogy: negative representation in the popular media and culture, biased textbooks and curriculums, and the lack of Muslim student voices. In these 278 pages, readers will discover why students are bullied and feel unsafe showing their Muslim identity in public. Through her research, she hopes to change society for the better.
“I really enjoyed this book discussion and hope to read the book. Elbih is a great professor and I look forward to learning more from her this semester,” said Carley Chimera Sparks ’20, a student in Elbih’s “Elements of Teaching” course this semester.
To purchase a copy of the book, please visit the USJ Bookstore or Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Dialectics-War-Terror-Educational-Counterpoints/dp/143314865X.