(The school edition of Stories from Our Neighbourhood by Naǧīb Maḥfūẓ)
in La rivista di Arablit, a. II, n. 3, giugno 2012, pp. 79-88.
The presence of foreign students in Italian schools is clearly a growing phenomenon: as a matter of fact, in the scholastic year 2011/2012 about 750,000 non-Italian students were registered in schools across Italy. Of course, such an increasingly multilingual and multicultural school context requires suitable teaching practice. This paper analyzes the Italian school edition of Naǧīb Maḥfūẓ’s Ḥikāyāt ḥāratinā (Stories of Our Alley), showing how this Egyptian novel is particularly apt to be used in intercultural education, since it offers abundant cultural information and covers various topics, actually meeting the needs arising from the encounter of different cultures.
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