The paper presents a qualitative analysis of the image of Arabs and Islam in Polish history, geography and knowledge about society (WOS) textbooks for gymnasium and lyceum students. There are two predominant patterns: if dry fact are described (climate, cultivation, natural resources - for geography; course of wars, colonialism or battles - for history) they are presented rather objective and hardly any stereotypes occur; as soon as cultural and religious matters are introduced or involved - the narration often becomes subjective or even misguided. That is why the analysis focuses on the latter approach - presenting narrations related to: Muhammad and his revelation, duties of Muslims and the notion of 'jihad', status of women, the Sunni-Shia division, and so called 'Arabisation' of Islam. Even though attention is paid especially to stereotypes and misconceptions, few examples of good practice are presented as well.
Financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under grant No. SP/I/1/77065/10 by the strategic scientific research and experimental development program:
SYNAT - “Interdisciplinary System for Interactive Scientific and Scientific-Technical Information”.