The provision of citizenship education in Arab contexts | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1751-1917
  • E-ISSN: 1751-1925


Since the early 1990s, citizenship education has occupied a high profile in educational policies worldwide. Yet, this area has not received similar attention in Arabic countries as has been shown by some studies that have until now focused on this area. This article is a first attempt to review the available literature in order to provide some indicators and insights regarding the current provision of citizenship education (CE) in Arab contexts. Specifically, the article starts by providing a brief geographical overview about Arab contexts and highlighting the right of education as one of citizenship rights. This followed by discussing some difficulties about studying education in Arab contexts. Then debates about the meanings of citizenship and CE and its aims will be presented. After that, the approaches of introducing citizenship education, its content and how it is delivered were discussed. The article ends by raising some challenges and drawing some conclusions.


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