North Africa and the Middle East
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North Africa and the Middle East book
History tells us that developmental issues have attracted several Arab and Muslim scholars since the ninth century (Ahmed and Gielen, 1998). Arab literature refl ects a wide and deep interest in a variety of developmental issues, socialization, the parent-child relationship, and the education of children. is interest in studying developmental issues has many reasons, including their relations to socialization and education of children and adolescents and the facts that children and adolescents constitute approximately 40% of the Arab population and Islam, as a dominant religion in this region, emphasizes that parents are responsible for their off spring. Islam asks parents to choose good names for their children and provide their children with the best possible care. To understand children and youth in the Arab countries, religious, sociocultural, and traditional issues should be taken into consideration. To provide the reader with a clear picture of the development of children and youth in Arab countries, the present chapter starts with a historical and demographic overview of the development of Arab children and youth, followed by a discussion of central issues concerning the development of Arab children and youth. en, the chapter discusses key classical and modern studies on Arab children and youth. e chapter also covers some practical information about the children and youth and sheds light on the future directions of theory and research on child and youth development in the Arab countries.