Negotiating Understanding Through the Young Adult Literature of Muslim Cultures





Although United States citizens generally pride themselves on their understanding and acceptance of diversity, all too many of them harbor a fear of Muslims, which transformed into widespread bigotry after September 11, 2001. Knowing that young adult literature can be a powerful means of negotiating understanding of the other, this article presents literature that challenges readers to new levels of tolerance and understanding of Muslim cultures. By learning to respect the rights and freedoms of others, as portrayed in the literature, readers will acquire a global perspective of awareness and tolerance for others. In addition to a large bibliography of young adult literature, this article includes two experiential learning strategies: a Socratic seminar and a process drama.