Jonathan Kriener

Research Associate

Before joining the OIB in October 2015, Jonathan Kriener was a PhD fellow at the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut in Essen, a visiting fellow at Marburg’s Center for Near and Middle East Studies and a research fellow at the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research at the OIB and at Universität Bochum. Jonathan graduated with a PhD in Oriental Studies from Universität Bochum in 2010. He taught courses about the twentieth-century histories of Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinians as well as recent Arab educational thought and reform at Universität Bochum and Universität Tübingen. His publications compare history, civics and religious instruction at Lebanese, Palestinian and Israeli schools and in higher education in Egypt and Lebanon. His current project is about academic history writing in Lebanon and combines his interest in academically-produced expressions of collective memory with that for institutional practices in the social sciences and humanities.

Local, regional and international ‘borrowing and lending’ in social sciences and humanities departments at Egyptian and Lebanese universities

Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and conducted at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in cooperation with the OIB, this project studies the opportunities and constraints for quality education, creative research and international academic cooperation in the social sciences and humanities at Egyptian and Lebanese universities.

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History Writing at Lebanon’s Universities: Dynamics of connectivity under the impact of reform, innovation and political turns

Reports about the participation of countries in global knowledge production treat it as an indicator for how societies fare in benefitting from the effects of globalization. With regard to the social sciences and humanities, the discourse also revolves around about who partakes to what extent in the interpretation of world history, international politics, economic and cultural relations.

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Kriener, Jonathan. 2011. Lebanese – but How? Secular and Religious Conceptions of State and Society at Lebanese Schools. Würzburg: Ergon. (Interview in al-Mudun content).

Kriener, Jonathan, and Wolfram Reiss. 2012. Die Darstellung Des Christentums in Schulbüchern Islamisch Geprägter Länder. Libanon and Jordanien 3. Hamburg: EBV.

Journal Article

———. 2018 ‘Al-ʿUlūm al-ijtimāʿīya fī Jāmiʿat al-Qāhira qabla Shubāṭ 2011 wa-baʿdahu: Tamaththulāt wa-idrākāt mutaghayyira li-l-ḥurrīya al-akādīmīya’. In: Iḍāfāt: Al-Majalla al-ʿArabīya li-ʿilm alijtimāʿ (41-42, special issue, Winter – Spring). Beirut: Center for Arab Unity Studies, pp. 114-133.
———. 2017 ‘Religious Pluralism or Multiplied Simple-Mindedness? School Textbooks for Religious Education in Lebanon’. In: Multiple Alterities - Views of the Others in Textbooks of the Middle East, edited by Samira Alayan and Elie Podeh, Palgrave McMillan, pp. 187-210. 
Kriener, Jonathan. 2015. ‘ Like on Different Planets? Arab Social Scientists in Their Scientific Communities’. Middle East – Topics & Arguments 4. doi:10.17192/meta.2015.4.3043.
———. 2013. ‘Bildung in Den Arabischen Staaten’. In Bildungsentwicklung Und Schulsysteme in Afrika, Asien, Lateinamerika Und Der Karibik, edited by Christel Adick, 11:23–42. Historisch-Vergleichende Sozialisations- Und Bildungsforschung.
———. 2012a. ‘Arabische Länder’. Edited by Klaus-Peter Horn and Heidemarie Chemnitz. Lexikon der Erziehungswissenschaft. Tübingen: Klinkhardt.
———. 2012b. ‘Different Layers of Identity in Lebanese Textbooks’. In The Politics of Education Reform in the Middle East. Self and Other in Textbooks and Curricula, edited by Samira Alayan and Achim Rohde, 131–53. New York: Berghahn. ( Table of contents).
———. 2012c. ‘Israel’. Edited by Klaus-Peter Horn and Heidemarie Chemnitz. Lexikon der Erziehungswissenschaft. Tübingen: Klinkhardt.
———. 2011. ‘ The Social Sciences in the Research on Arab Higher Education. Lebanon and Egypt as Examples’. Tertium Comparationis 17 (2): 108–36.
———. 2007. ‘The George Eckhart Foundation for International Studies on Textbooks: The Foundation’s History, Objectives, and Domains of Operation’. In The Textbook: Its Role, Content, and Quality, edited by Fawzi Ayoub, 19–39. Beirut: Lebanese Association for Educational Studies.
———. 2006. ‘Control through Education? The Politicization of Israeli and Palestinian School Textbooks’. In What Shall We Tell the Children? International Perspectives on School History Textbooks, edited by Stuart Foster and Keith Crawford, 211–26. London: Information Age Publishing. ( Book description).
———. 2003. ‘Palestinian School Textbooks between International Polemics and National Apologia’. International Textbook Research 25 (4): 399–406.