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Using history to protect children from extremist ideologies: The example of Noor Magazine in Egypt


Nafesa Elsaied & Robert Thorp


In the past few years, cultural institutions in the Arab world have increased their interest in introducing history for children through different media channels, including printed magazines. One of these recent publications is 'Noor Magazine'. One feature of 'Noor Magazine' is its focus on the dissemination of Egyptian and Arabic and Islamic history along with its aim to protect children from extremist ideology. The present study aims to analyze the history presented in 'Noor Magazine' in relation to how it may promote social welfare. The results of the present study show a rather great diversity among the included historical topics, which range from ancient Egyptian history to modern history, Arabic and Islamic history, and also world history. In regards to how this history is presented, there is a strong focus on politico-pedagogical, ideological, and moral uses of history, where children are presented with positive and character-building examples from the historical past to serve contemporary interests. A final prominent result is a focus on a traditional grand-narrative approach to the historical past where children are invited to learn about historical facts, rather than critically assess or engage with the historical narratives they are presented with and thus foster inclusive historical culture.


Popular History, Use of History, Historical Culture, Historical Media, Memory and History, Collective Memory

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Date Published

6 August 2023

How to Cite

Elsaied, N., & Thorp, R. (2023). Using history to protect children from extremist ideologies: The example of Noor Magazine in Egypt. Historical Encounters, 10(1), 114-129.


  • First Article in Issue Published 6 March 2023

  • Double Blind Peer Reviewed

  • Author Retains Copyright

  • Distributed under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0​ License

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