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American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
An organization that fights against discrimination against Arab-Americans and lobbies for Arab-American issues.

Arab American Institute
A non-profit organization committed to civic and political empowerment of Americans of Arab descent.

Arab American National Museum
The website of the Arab American National Museum, located in Dearborn, Michigan. It is the first museum in the world devoted to Arab American history and culture, with a commitment to dispel misconceptions about Arab Americans and other minorities. The Museum brings to light the shared experiences of immigrants and ethnic groups, paying tribute to the diversity of the U.S.

Middle Eastern American Resources Online

This site provides access to a variety of materials about Americans who trace their ancestry to the Middle East, including teaching and visual models.

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Al-Andalus music history
An interactive website which allows the visitor to hear excerpts of music, learn about various instruments, and study the impact of Al-andalus on European and other musical traditions. Through an interactive map, listeners follow trends from the Al-andalus region and its areas of influence during medieval history.

Al-Mashriq - Music, Song, and Dance
General information on Arabic music as well as useful links.

Arab Classical Music Society
ACMS is devoted to increasing awareness of Arab classical music. The site contains a calender of upcoming events and concerts, descriptions of Arab instruments, articles about the history of Arab music, a gallery of pictures and links to various resources

Arabic Song Lyrics and Translation
Houses an extensive collection of both classic and contemporary Arab music with original Arabic lyrics and English translation along with Youtube videos for most songs.

Fairouz
Web site dedicated to the noted Lebanese singer Fairouz, and the Rahbani brothers, with downloadable songs. 

HIBAMUSIC

Database of Arabic music with accompanying biographies of artists, organized by popularity or country of origin.

Maqam World
Information on the maqam (modal system used in classical Arabic music) as well as an extensive links page.

Simon Shaheen
Website of the composer and master oud and violin player Simon Shaheen. Includes information on an annual musical retreat held in Massachusetts. 

Turbo Tabla
Website of Karim Nagi, Egyptian drummer, DJ, and folk dancer. Includes information about his workshop and lectures, in addition to his CDs, DVDs, and songs.

Turath: A Resource for World Arts
Articles, interviews, and resources on Arabic music.

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A Personal Diary of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
A photo diary by Nigel Parry of the West Bank from 1994 to 1998.

Al Nakba

A site discussing the events and impacts of 1948 in Palestine.

American Israel Public Affairs Committee
American Pro-Israel Lobby.


American Task Force on Palestine
ATFP is a not-for-profit corporation that aims to articulate the national security interests of the United States in establishing a Palestinian state. The site includes news articles, list of UN resolutions on the Arab-Israeli conflict, a reading list, a PowerPoint presentation titled "Palestine-Israel 101: The Two State Solution," and a map of Palestine.

Americans for Middle East Understanding
An archive of articles discussing the Middle East, Arabs, Muslims, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

BADIL Resource Center
Addresses issues of Palestinian residency and refugee rights.

The Bereaved Families' Forum
The Bereaved Families' Forum was founded by Israeli businessman Yitzhak Frankenthal, whose son was killed by Palestinians while serving in the Israeli army. Members are Palestinians and Israelis who have lost loved ones in the conflict.
 

Bitter Lemons

A website that presents Israeli and Palestinian viewpoints on prominent issues of concern. Includes a large archive of articles reflecting many different views.

Council on Foreign Relations: Crisis Guide
An online multimedia feature that uses a comprehensive array of audio, video, imagery, and text. Narrated by veteran journalist Michael Goldfarb, the guide offers an in-depth look at the history of the conflict and its geopolitical repercussions.

Encounter Point
Site of the film Encounter Point, directed & produced by Ronit Avni, co-directed by Julia Bacha, 2007. This DVD is available in the CCAS Teacher Outreach Lending Library.

Foundation for Middle East Peace
Contains analyses, opinion pieces, documents, and photographs relating to Arab-Israeli conflict.

Gush Shalom
Gush Shalom translated from Hebrew means "The Peace Bloc," and defines itself as the core of the Israeli peace movement; the site includes articles, documents, links, and calls for action.

The Institute of Palestinian Studies: 1948: Sixty Years On

To commemorate sixty years since Al Nakba (the catastrophe), as Palestinians refer to the period when Israel was created, the Institute for Palestine Studies has compiled articles from past issues of its flagship Journal of Palestine Studies, and pulled out the carefully constructed maps and chronologies of events from its best-selling books.

Israel Policy Forum
Founded in 1993, Israel Policy Forum (IPF) has grown to become the most important independent, mainstream organization dedicated to mobilizing American Jews in support of sustained U.S. diplomatic efforts in the Middle East.

The Jerusalem Fund
Site dedicated to the study of the Arab-Israeli conflict and US-Arab relations from a Palestinian perspective. This site  also includes information about many upcoming events and lectures in the Washington, DC area.

J Street
An American lobby promoting a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict which provides both Palestinian and Jewish communities a sovereign and secure homeland.

Just Vision
A nonprofit organization that informs local and international audiences about under-documented Palestinian and Israeli joint civilian efforts to resolve the conflict nonviolently. Website engages personal narratives in “portraits” and an interactive timeline of historical and personal events.

MERIP Primer on Palestine, Israel and the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Concise summaries of events in the timeline of the conflict including the Mandate period, the 1967 war, Camp David, and the Oslo Accords. 

Middle East: The Fault Line
A very detailed timeline of the Arab-Israeli conflict from 1947 to the present day; also provides links to important documents and explanations of the players.

Palestine Center
Dedicated to the study of the Arab-Israeli conflict and US-Arab relations from a Palestinian perspective.

Palestine Facts & Info
Facts, figures, and maps on the history, geography, population, personalities, religion, nationalism, refugees, settlements, economy, education, and human rights issues of Palestine.

Search for Common Ground
Mobilizes non-governmental, governmental, and media support for the peace process, and educates soldiers about conflict resolution with culturally diverse groups through initiatives in countries across the globe.

Seeds of Peace
Non-profit, non-political organization that brings together teenagers from regions of conflict to build relationships and pursue peaceful resolution; site includes information about their summer camp in Maine and an "Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Resolution CD-ROM."
 

Teaching the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

A Unit for High School Students by Ronald Stockton, Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan-Dearborn. Revised second edition, November 1993.

Terrestrial Jerusalem

An up to date record of the Arab Israeli conflict with maps, power points, and links to information about the latest developments.

United Nations: The Question of Palestine
The site provides UN documents, statements, and resolutions with regards to Palestine. Includes a chronological overview of events, a glossary of the issues, and a collection of maps.

Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Promotes pro-Israel agendas and perspectives.

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
Founded to promote settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict on the basis of UN resolutions, this site also has regularly updated links to regional newspapers, country information, activist, and policy organizations.

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American Association of Teachers of Arabic's About the Arab Language
Introduction to the history and study of Arabic.

American Association of Teachers of Arabic
Organization facilitating communication and collaboration among teachers of Arabic to promote the study and instruction of the language.

Arab Academy
Offers professional online courses for learning Arabic at any level.

Arabic Calligraphy
Al-Bab offers an introduction to the Arabic alphabet, styles of different calligraphy, examples of calligraphy, and relevant articles.

 

The Arabic Language: the Glue that Binds the Arab World

Introductory article on the characteristics and function of the Arabic language in the Middle East and North Africa.

 

The Arabic Letters

This short tutorial shows how to pronounce and write the letters of the Arabic alphabet. From Stanford University, this website provides an interactive chart of the Arabic alphabet. Users can click on a letter and watch as it is written by a professor.

Arabic Phone Conversations
Recordings along with supporting lessons and worksheets of phone conversations in Egyptian, Levantine, and Iraqi dialects.

Al-Ghazali's Arabic Works
Downloadable files of Arabic dictionaries, grammar books, and literature.

Calligraphy Qalam

This site provides a variety of interactive tools for learning about calligraphy in the Arab, Ottoman, and Persian traditions. Videos of calligraphers at work, images of contemporary and historical calligraphy, information about how calligraphy is written and the tools involved, and much more are included.

Haya
Website of the Standards-based Arabic Teaching project offering online instructional materials for Arabic teachers in standards-based instruction, thematic unit building, and classroom facilitation.

Lane's Dictionary (1863)
Online Arabic-English dictionary with letter-by-letter navigation.

Listen to Learn

From the University of California at Los Angeles, this site has listening and learning exercises for learning Middle Eastern dialects, including Lebanese, Egyptian, and Iraqi.

The Odyssey of the Arabic Language and Its Script
Article tracing the history of the Arabic alphabet and language from pre-modern times to the present.

Write Your Name in Arabic Calligraphy
Interactive website that allows one to enter their name for an Arabic transcription in four different styles of calligraphy.

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African and Middle Eastern Reading Room
The African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress.

Al-Bab
Calling itself "an open doorway to the Islamic world," al-Bab aims to introduce non-Arabs to Arabs and their culture. Includes country guides, news pages, and special topics such as literature, history, maps, language, women, and music.

Al-Bawaba
A comprehensive site that provides content on Middle Eastern news, economics, business, politics, tourism, culture, legal issues, health care, entertainment, and sports.

Al-Mashriq
A comprehensive site that provides links to articles, photos, and other web sites pertaining to the culture, history, and economics of the Levant area of the Middle East.

American Association of Teachers of Arabic 
The site includes information on the history of the language, differences in dialect, and greetings.

American Research Center in Egypt
A professional society whose members are specialists on various aspects of Egypt.

Arab Film Distribution
A range of high quality videos and films about and by Arabs on political, social, historical, and contemporary issues.

Arab Studies Journal
An independent journal published by students associated with the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.

Arab Women's Home Page
Provides links to organizations dealing with a number of issues faced by women in the Arab world.

Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN)
AMIN's focus is on putting Arabic language reports and news stories on the World Wide Web and training journalists in accessing Arabic media and other resources on the Internet.

Association for Middle East Women's Studies
An extensive list of autobiographies, memoirs, and novels from the Middle East and North Africa; the site also offers sample syllabi from AMEWS members and a list of women's organizations in the MENA region.

Baltimore-Luxor-Alexandria Sister City Committee
Website of the Baltimore-Luxor-Alexandria Sister City Committee. Activities of the committee include cross-city exchanges of visitors and students, art exhibits, folk dances and singing events, and conferences.  

BBC News Middle East Protests Country by Country                               

Provides an interactive map of the Middle East and North Africa that shows the degree to which Middle Eastern countries are experiencing political turmoil. Site also provides background information and current news articles regarding each country, and provides a link to the “shoe-thrower’s index,”which weights various factors to predict which countries will experience the most unrest.

Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations

Visually explains the problematic nature of the term "Middle East" and gives a brief history of European relations with Asia and Africa.

CIA world Factbook
A resource for facts and statistics on individual countries.

Guides to Africa and The Middle East

Northwestern University’s Library Guides on the Middle East and Africa.

Council on American-Islamic Relations
A non-profit, grassroots membership organization that was established to promote an accurate image of Islam and Muslims in America.

Electronic Middle East
Run by Georgetown University's Lauinger Library and the National Resource Center on the Middle East, this site provides a platform for finding Internet and library sources on the Middle East.

Gamal Abdel Nasser
Excellent source (in Arabic) of speeches, photographs, and historical documents related to Gamal Abdel Nasser.

Global Voices                                                                                          

Collects political blogs by citizen journalists from around the world and compiles them by region, delivering unfiltered, first-hand accounts of global political events.

Gulf 2000
An information assimilation project about the Persian Gulf created by the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

La Catedral de Córdoba: Virtual Tour
Website of the Cathedral of Córdoba, which was built by the Islamic community of Andalusia, Spain, beginning in the 8th century. After the capture of Córdoba during the Reconquista of Spain by the Catholic King Ferdinand III of Castile, the Grand Mosque of Córdoba was converted into a Catholic Church. This website allows one to virtually tour La Catedral de Córdoba, through which one can examine fine Islamic architecture.

Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre
A site focusing on the arts and culture of Palestine.

Maps of the Middle East
Maps of the Middle East produced by the US Central Intelligence Agency.

Maps Related to Medieval Historic Development
A variety of maps related to the medieval era.

Middle East Institute
A non-partisan, non-profit think tank and public education organization, oriented to the policy community in Washington, DC; offers classes in Middle Eastern languages.

Middle East Maps
Maps of Middle East during different time periods.

Middle East Policy Council
An organization devoted to promoting public understanding of US policy in the Middle East.

Middle East Report/Middle East Research and Information Project
Provides news, perspectives, and independent analyses of events and developments in the Middle East not available from mainstream news sources.

Middle East Report: article on Hizballah in Lebanon
An article by Lara Deeb entitled "Hizballah: A Primer" from July 31, 2006 (during the Hizballah-Israel war).

Middle East Review of International Affairs
Electronic journal from the Global Research in International Affairs center in Herzliya, Israel.

Middle East Studies Association
A non-profit, non-partisan association of scholars and researchers working on the Middle East; also publishes a Bulletin .

Middle East Studies Center: Resource Hub

Supported by the Middle East Studies Center at Portland University, the resource hub offers a collection of tools and resources to support education about the Middle East at the K-12 level. Materials are organized by country and theme and are categorized into three sections: background information, news and media, and teaching materials.

Middle East Studies Internet Resources
An on-going compilation of electronic bibliographic resources and research materials on the Middle East and North Africa available on the global Internet, created under the purview of the Middle East Studies Department of Columbia University Libraries.

Middle East Video Collection
An outreach center that offers access to films, videotapes, DVD's, and other teaching materials at a nominal charge to cover shipping and processing costs.

Middle East Youth Initiative: Facts About Middle Eastern Youth
Demographic information about the youth of the Middle East and the demographic challenges and opportunities presented by the youth bulge. Includes policy suggestions, publications, and links of organizations that deal with the Middle East youth.

Middle East/North Africa Internet Resource Guide
This guide was created to serve the needs of scholars, students, and interested individuals in finding and using Internet resources dealing with the Middle East.

Oriental Institute
This site from the University of Chicago provides electronic resources for the ancient Near East, photos, and a virtual museum.

Primary Source

This website examines the lives of three women in the Middle East today. These depictions call into question the accuracy of popular, stereotyped representations of women in the Middle East in global media. This website offers insight into Middle Eastern women as told by the women themselves.

Project Look Sharp
The "Media Construction of the Middle East: A Digital Media Literacy Curriculum" includes four units: Introducing the Middle East; Israel/Palestine--Histories in Conflict; War in Iraq--Whose Voice, Whose Story?; and Militant Muslims and the U.S. Also available is a 255-page downloadable teacher guide.

Project on Defense Alternatives-Special Topic Page: War Report
Compilations of analyses, key documents, and articles from various sources on the war in Iraq and its aftermath and the aftermath of the Afghanistan war; also includes links to other sites on Iraq and Afghanistan.

Rethinking Schools
This outline map is a great way to start a unit on the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia. Students can quiz themselves by dragging the name of each country to its location. The interactive map will indicate whether their choices are correct or incorrect.

Tales of Nasreddin Hodja
Nasreddin Hodja is a character in many Turkish folktales. The site contains his story, illustrations, a bibliography, teacher resources, and links.

The Iranian
The electronic news magazine from Iranians in California; offers political news from Iran as well as articles about Iranian culture.

Timeline: Mubarak’s Presidency
Interactive timeline, includes milestones in Mubarak’s presidency .

Transnational Broadcasting Studies

An electronic journal focused on the impact of media in the developing world, in particular the Middle East; published by the Adham School for Television Journalism at the American University in Cairo.

U.S.-Qatar Business Council
The U.S. - Qatar Business Council, a non-profit, private sector organization, was established in 1996 with the goal of promoting commercial relations between the United States and the State of Qatar.

US Energy Information Administration
Energy overviews and country analysis briefs for the Middle Eastern countries by the US government  Brief by Country.

What is the Middle East?

In this series of maps made available by the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, different definitions of the Middle East from various sources are depicted, making apparent the ambiguity that surrounds the term. Each map includes a description of the organization and the historical context of the classification of the Middle East as the particular area that is depicted on the map.

World News Connection

An online news service offering an extensive array of translated and English-language news and information; affiliated with the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS), the service is by subscription but has a free trial period.

World Press Review
The site contains articles about international news and politics, links to different opinion articles on various international conflicts, and a list of primary sources on current international affairs.
 

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Project on Defense Alternative's Special Topic Page: War Report
The Project on Defense Alternatives (PDA) is a program of the Commonwealth Institute, a non-profit public policy research organization. The site contains a compilation of analyses, key documents, and articles from various sources on the war in Iraq and its aftermath and the aftermath of the Afghanistan war. Also includes links to other sites on Iraq and Afghanistan.

BBC Crisis in the Gulf Interactive Map
Click on the listed countries to get their opinion on the war in Iraq and related new stories.

Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq
Provides an archive of information about the humanitarian situation in Iraq up to May 2003; the "Iraq Reader" and "Guide to Sanctions" are especially informative; also contains a summary of UN Security Council Resolutions relating to Iraq as well as useful links to other Web resources regarding the latest issues.

Conflict in Iraq: Searching for Solutions
Lesson plan from The Choices Education Program, sponsored by Brown University, on the history of Iraq and the invasion, and the nature of the conflict today.

Energy Information Administration Iraq Analysis
Provides country analysis briefs for most nations; the Iraq brief presents a general background with a special focus on energy, oil, and water issues; also offers relevant links to other sources on the EIA web site

Frontline: The War Behind Closed Doors
Site provides a link to Frontline's 52-minute long documentary, "The War Behind Closed Doors"; the "Readings and Links" page contains background readings, Bush administration documents, a chronology, analyses and a side bar that links to other Frontline documentaries related to Iraq.

Historiae: Basra and Southern Iraq Analysis
The site of noted Iraq scholar Reidar Visser, this project focuses on the situation in southern Iraq; includes many interesting images of archived, professional images of Iraq in history.

Institute for War and Peace Report, News: Iraq
Because of violence on the ground, this project sometimes lags in uploading reports, but is very interesting because content has been written by young Iraqi reporters on the ground.

International Atomic Energy Association
The IAEA's site on its investigations in Iraq includes a photo gallery and links to relevant documents, resources, and video clips. Especially informative is the "Q&A Iraq" link under the resources right hand sidebar.

International Crisis Group: Middle East/North Africa Project Page
The International Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, multinational organization that uses field-based analysis and advocacy to attempt to prevent and resolve conflict. On their Iraq/Iran/Gulf Project Page, they offer reports analyzing different aspects of the war in Iraq.

Iraq Analysis
This website contains an extensive list of translated documents, opinion polls, UN Security resolutions relevant to Iraq, financial estimates of the cost of the war, sites that document the cultural scene in Iraq, including websites for many Iraqi museums and archeological projects and findings. One section provides different sources of published mortality counts in Iraq.

PBS: Newshour Extra: Teaching the Iraq War

News Hour Extra's site on Teaching the Iraq War compiles related lesson plans with background information on all aspects of U.S.-Iraq relations and the war. Lessons include activity instructions, questions, correlations to national standards and links to handouts and related articles.

State Department Country Information: Iraq
The State Department's site on Iraq contains links to recent reports and speeches. Provides updated information and transcripts of important government releases and interviews. "Country Information" and "Highlights" sidebars are full of interesting links, especially the fact sheets.

UN Monitoring, Verification, & Inspection Commission
UNMOVIC is the organization running the much-discussed inspections in Iraq; the site tends to the technical-bureaucratic side, but the "Chronology of Main Events" link in the left side bar is succinct and up-to-date.

UN Office of the Iraq Program
This page contains a brief introduction to the UN's oil-for-food program. The sidebar on the left contains links to basic information in easy-to-read formats.

USIP Special Report: Establishing the Rule of Law in Iraq
The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is an independent organization whose aim is to promote the prevention, management, and peaceful resolution of international conflicts; this Special Report focuses on what should be done after the war to establish the rule of law in Iraq.

What War Looks Like
"Rethinking Schools" is a publication for and by teachers whose aim is to exchange information on current events, education methods, and important policy issues; this article, written by Howard Zinn before the US invasion of Iraq, describes what war would mean to ordinary citizens in the US and Iraq.


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1001 Inventions
Provides an introduction to historic Muslim inventions used practically and theoretically in home, school, market, hospital, town, world and universe.

15 Minute History

From the University of Texas, this site provides short podcasts of historical events. Episode 2 , entitled “Islamic Extremism in the Modern World” offers suggestions and background information to keep the phenomenon in perspective and to explain what drives these violent actions.

BBC World Service: Introduction to Islam
An introduction to the basic tenets of Islam, with audio segments. Part of a larger site titled "Your Guide to the Religions of the World" that also includes overviews of Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, and Sikhism.

Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy
Organization dedicated to the study of Islamic and democratic political thought.

Council on Islamic Education

Resources for teaching about Islam for K-12 teachers (note that the organization is now called Institute on Religion and Civic Values).

Internet Islamic History Sourcebook
From Fordham University, this site provides extensive background on the history of the Islamic world.

Islam and Islamic Studies Resources
Developed by a University of Georgia professor, this website includes a comprehensive collection of links and resources documenting Islam's history, patterns of power, and sacred texts, as well as information on its place in the modern world, stance on women's rights, art and architecture, and history of mysticism.

Islam: Empire of Faith
Empires: Islam: Empire of Faith DVD (PBS), 2001. Narrated by Ben Kingsley, this PBS program tells the story of Islamic power and faith in its first 1,000 years. Historical reenactments, Islamic art, artifacts, and architecture, and interviews with scholars are used. 180 minutes. Good for background about Muhammad and creation of Islam—student and teacher-friendly. This DVD is available in the CCAS Teacher Outreach Lending Library. 

Islam in Comparative Context: Online Resources
Links to articles, maps, and bibliographies covering the topics of women, architecture, science, music, and folklore in the Islamic world.

The Islam Project
A multimedia effort to gain a clearer understanding of Islam and Muslims, designed for educators. The project comprises two PBS documentaries, a vibrant community engagement campaign, and an ambitious educational effort (with lesson plans), including the American Muslim Teens Talk video.

Islamic Arts and Architecture
A non-profit organization that provides information on Islamic arts and architecture. Includes descriptions of relevant films, publications, documentaries as well as lists of schools that have departments for the study of the topic of Islamic art.

Islamic Collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Gives a detailed description of the different eras and phases of Islamic art, as well as links to virtual tours of the museums Islamic art collections.

Islamic Philosophy Online
The site includes a long list of articles about a multitude of Islamic philosophers, maps, a discussion board, and events.

Islamic Studies Pathways
An academic guide to Islamic studies resources on the Internet.

Journal for MultiMedia History
To access the article titled, "Teaching Islamic Civilization with Information Technology," by Corinne Blake, click on "Past Issues" in the left hand menu, then on "Volume 1, 1998." The article lists annotated Internet resources on many aspects of Islam.

Mapping the Global Muslim Population
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life offers a report with interactive maps on the size and distribution of the world’s Muslim population.

Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet
An educational resource on the Prophet Muhammad and how his life impacted history. Documentary film, discussion guide and other learning tools on him and Islam available. This DVD is available in the CCAS Teacher Outreach Lending Library.

Pew Forum on Religious and Public Life                                             

Features two maps on Muslim populations as well as an in-depth 62 page report discussing the global Muslim population.

Qur'an Recitation

Provides a recording of a recitation of each sura of the Qur'an.

Setting the Record Straight on Shari'a: An Interview with Intisar Rabb
An interview with Intisar Rabb, a member of the law faculty at Boston College Law School, discussing what Shari’a law is, its similarities to Judaism and Christianity, and its place in the United States. Has the audio file along with the interview transcribed.

SoundVision.com
In addition to regular books and Islamic educational material, this site has the Qur'an on-line.

Symmetry and Pattern: The Art of Oriental Carpets
Information on patterns in Islamic art, with educational resources and classroom activities.

Uncovering the Meaning of the Veil in Islam

From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, this document discusses the role of the hijab in Islam, and describes the ongoing controversy surrounding veiling in France.


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20,000 Dialogues
20,000 Dialogues is a nationwide campaign designed to bring people of different faiths together using films about Muslims to stimulate discussion and promote understanding. It brings the concept of interfaith dialogue into the hands of ordinary people who want to make a positive difference.

The American Muslim
Muslims denounce extremism and terrorism.

American Muslims Deserve Respect
Article urging Americans to treat American Muslims with respect, based on core national values of equality and religious liberty.

The American Society for Muslim Advancement
A cultural and educational organization dedicated to fostering an American Muslim identity and building bridges between American Muslims and the American public.

Change the Story
The site offers an interactive experience where users—Muslims and non-Muslims alike—can meet their neighbors, learn about Islam, and apply techniques of interfaith dialogue and action to local communities. Here you will find tools and helpful information for educators, religious leaders, and individuals concerned with building bridges of understanding across lines of faith and culture.

Fear, Fairness and Fox News: The Forces Shaping How We Think About American Muslims
Analyzes a recent poll on American views regarding Islam and American Muslims; indicates the role of fear and fairness in Americans’ perception of American Muslims and notes trends that affect Americans’ opinions including political party, religion, and watching Fox News.

Getting to Know ‘The Other’
Latitudes program, Hijabi Monologues, and discussion with interfaith practitioners and scholars on how to minimize Islamophobia within communities.

Ground Zero Mosque

PBS articles on Muslims and the Ground Zero controversy.

Hate Rally in Orange County
A clip of an incident of Islamophobia during a hate rally in Orange County in front of a Muslim fundraising event.

Inside Washington's Muslim Communities
Feature on the Kojo Nnamdi Show titled "Inside Washington’s Muslim Communities" on the history of the Muslim communities in Washington, and life for American Muslims in the current social and political environments (4:50-49:50min)

Islamic Society for North America
An association of Muslim organizations and individuals representing Islam and fostering positive relations within their communities throughout North America.

Islamic Statements Against Terrorism
A collection of quotes from prominent Muslims around the world denouncing terrorism.

Islamophobe Profiles

Reports on instances of Islamophobia, compiled by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Japanese Americans: House Hearings on radical Islam ‘sinister’
The Japanese American community has shown support for Muslim Americans facing discrimination in remembrance of the similar fear-driven discrimination against Japanese Americans during World War II.

Lesson Plan: Clash of Civilizations?
In this lesson, students learn about a United Nations initiative to create the Alliance of Civilizations to resolve conflict between the East and West. They then discuss and dismantle a number of misconceptions about the Muslim world.

Lesson Plan: Contemplating Controversy: The Proposed Islamic Center Near Ground Zero
What forces are driving the controversy surrounding the proposed Muslim community center in Lower Manhattan? In this lesson, students consider people’s views on the proposed center and put the controversy into context. They then conduct further research and write a hyperlinked opinion essay expressing their own opinions on whether the center should be built as planned.

Lesson Plan: Global Faith
In this lesson, students examine the coexistence of different religions within various countries by chronicling the evolution and nature of those religions throughout history. They then synthesize their findings by designing a creative work that captures the presence of the religions in each of the countries. 

Lesson Plan: Keeping the Faith
In this lesson, students examine the ways in which various religious faiths have responded to social, ideological, and technological changes in ‘modern’ times.

Lesson Plan: A Rose by Any Other Name?
In this lesson, students share ideas about the origins and use of negative stereotypes and view a video of a Muslim American’s response to this issue. They then create visual representations of images from a variety of media that depict specific stereotyped groups and offer ideas about how to confront or change those stereotypes in their school.

Lesson Plan: Should a Mosque Be Built Near Ground Zero?
Plans to build a mosque – an Islamic place of worship – near ground zero in Manhattan are slated to move ahead despite some strong opposition from some quarters. Do you tend to support or oppose this project, and why?

Lesson Plan: What Can You Learn From Other Religions?
What do you know about other religions? Whom do you know who practices a different faith? What do you think the major religions have in common? What might Christians learn from Jews, or Jews from Muslims, or atheists from believers?

Lesson Plan: Where the Spirit Moves You
In this lesson, students will learn about the spiritual significance of locations throughout the world. After studying the historical and mystical importance of these places, students will write about a spiritual place that is special to them.

The Muslim Family Response to Hatred
Article on recent public displays of Islamophobia- from the hateful protests in Orange County to Congressional Hearings on the “Radicalization of American Muslims,” and the dignity and humility with which Muslims have responded.

The Pluralism Project at Harvard
Learn about the realities of religious diversity through research, outreach, and the active dissemination of resources.

QueenRania’s Channel
Queen Rania of Jordan’s effort to dispel misperceptions of Muslims and Arabs with an emphasis on women.

Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People
Documentary on the portrayal of Arabs in American cinema, and the role this plays in establishing and reinforcing negative stereotypes about Arab peoples. This book and movie are also available in the CCAS Teacher Outreach Lending Library, and can be found online here.

Say no to terrorism

Song that reinforces that Islam is a peaceful faith that promotes tolerance and harmony and works to promote better understanding and co-existence of Muslims around the world among non-Muslim communities. Conveys that the majority of Muslims do not support the rise in terrorism.

See What Arab Women Are Up To
Queen Rania’s Youtube Exclusive on the diversity of Arab women.

Tanenbaum
Resources and testimonies on how to overcome religious intolerance.

Teaching Tolerance
Resources for dismantling bigotry and creating respectful, inclusive schools and communities that value diversity.

Unity Productions Foundation
Provides high-quality films for worldwide broadcast and long-term educational campaigns that increase understanding and dialogue among the world’s spiritual and cultural traditions.

Unwelcome
Video of CNN's "Unwelcome": A Welcome Examination of Intolerance in America. Commentary can be found here.

U.S.-Muslim Engagement Initiative
A bipartisan Leadership Group convened by the U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project has crafted a multifaceted strategy to enhance U.S. and international security and improve U.S.-Muslim relations.

Video of Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-05) Testimony Before House Homeland Security Committee
Representative Keith Ellison, the first Muslim to be elected to the United States Congress, discusses Muslim Americans at a hearing on the Radicalization in the American Muslim Community.

What Sharia Law Actually Means
In response to recent state laws banning Shari'a law, a Shari'a expert and attorney familiar with court cases involving Shari'a law in the U.S., discusses the nature of and American response to Shari'a law.

Who Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think

Learn more about moderate vs. extremist views gathered by the Gallup Poll of the Muslim world regarding a range of issues concerning democracy, women's rights, extremism and other pertinent issues. This book is also available in the CCAS Teacher Outreach Lending Library.


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Al Ahram Weekly (Cairo)

English language weekly serving the Arab world with a selection of commentary.

Al-Jazeera
Breaking news and features from the Qatar-based media network.

Al-Jazeera English’s Youtube Channel
Video clips and live news stream from Al-Jazeera English.

The Arabist
Independent blog written by freelance journalists on Arab politics and culture.

Arabisto
News site and blogger community, providing commentary and analysis on current affairs in the Middle East.

CNN Student News
Provides news updates geared to students, with lessons/activities correlated with the day's stories.

Daily News Egypt
Independent Egyptian Newspaper in English, reports on local and regional issues.

Daily Star (Beirut)
Lebanese and regional news from the Middle East.

Egypt Today
Leading Egyptian magazine, with breaking news, features, and opinion pieces.

Ha'aretz
The online English edition of the Israeli daily newspaper.

Jerusalem Post
The on-line edition of this conservative Israeli daily.

The Middle East Times- International
News about the Arab World, intended for Arab populations outside the Middle East.

Nawaat de Tunisie
A French and Arabic blog site surrounding news, affairs, and life in Tunisia.

New York Times
Current news.

Parstimes.com
News in English and Farsi on politics, economics, and business, and many other links related to Iran.

Turkish News
A comprehensive site for non-specialists and a jumping-off point to other resources.

Washington Post
Current news.

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Gibran Kahlil Gibran Biography and Works
Includes timeline of Gibran’s life and a virtual library of his works.

Gibran Kahlil Gibran Memorial in Washington, D.C. by Gordon Kray

Includes timeline of Gibran’s life and a virtual library of his works.

Gibran: Works and Art, Museum, Bsharri, Biography
This site includes a collection of Gibran’s works, a gallery of several of his art, photos from the museum dedicated to him in his hometown, Bsharri in Northern Lebanon, a gallery of photos of Bsharri, and a detailed biography of each stage of his life.

Juan Cole’s Kahlil Gibran Page
University of Michigan’s Professor Juan Cole’s Kahlil Gibran website includes a detailed timeline of Gibran’s life, a list of his works, a gallery of his art, and further links on Gibran.

“Kahlil Gibran of America” by Dr. Suheil Bushrui
A speech delivered at the 100th anniversary of Gibran’s arrival in America. Discusses the way he synthesized the worlds of the East and West in his works, the role his immigration to America played in his writings, and the continued significance and ringing messages of his works.

Lesson Plan- The Life and Work of Kahlil Gibran
A Lesson plan prepared by the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee to introduce students to Gibran’s life and works. Includes key biographical information, the significance of his works, discussion questions, class exercises, and historical research project suggestions.

PBS History Detectives: Kahlil Gibran Painting
Full length episode of PBS’s History Detectives that explores Gibran’s life via a quest to discover if an unidentified painting was in fact painted by Gibran himself.

Profile: Gibran Kahlil Gibran
Biographical information on Gibran’s professional and personal life as well as analysis of his literary style.

 

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Arab Forum for Environment and Development
A non-profit organization that engages experts from different sectors in society to promote sensible environmental policies throughout the Arab world.

Conflict and Competition over Changing Water Resources
Discusses the challenges presented by climate change and a decreasing supply of water and suggests policy options for conserving water and preventing major conflict over scarce resources.

Friends of the Earth Middle East
An organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists; includes links to articles and projects.

Learning and Teaching about Participatory Development

Addresses the challenges and benefits of Participatory Rural Appraisal, a method utilizing local knowledge, techniques, and customs in rural development.

United Nations Development Programme: Arab Human Development Reports
UNDP Arab Human Development Reports examine national and regional concerns and development priorities in the Middle East.

 

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Arab Civilization
Discusses Islam, calligraphy, education, and science in the development of Arab civilization.

The Astrolabe: An Instrument with a Past and a Future
James E. Morrison’s website on the astrolabe includes pictures, links, and a brief history of astrolabes, as well as a template for making your own.

The Islamic Astrolabe
A University of Cambridge site on the history and uses of astrolabes in the Islamic world.

Islamic Crescents Observation Project
Website for Jordanian Astronomical Society network of crescent observations and the association astronomical applications in Islamic Shari’a (calendars, times, Qibla).

Islamic Culture and the Medical Arts
Organized by the National Library of Medicine, this page presents information on the oldest Arabic medical manuscript in the collections of the National Library of Medicine.

Muslim Contributions to the Sciences
Interactive timeline of Arab-Islamic scientists with supplementary articles and information.

Muslim Heritage
A detailed website including interactive timeline of historic milestones in Muslim History, biographies of over 100 Muslim scholars, extensive articles on Islamic science research. Part of the Foundation for Science Technology and Civilization in the United Kingdom. 

Muslim Scientists and Islamic Civilization
Information on the lives and contributions of Muslim scientists.

Whose Science is Arabic Science in Renaissance Europe?
This website provides a five-part examination by George Saliba of the tenuous differentiations of “cultural sciences” in history—especially between Arabic/Islamic science and its Latin/western counterpart.

 

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Colonial Voyage
Dutch Portuguese Colonial History, a website with many links to historical records of colonialism
in the Indian Ocean.

Commerce in the Indian Ocean
National Geographic lesson plan on Indian Ocean commerce prior to the 16th century. Students examine geographic features and the role of the monsoons in maritime trade, and the changes in trading patterns induced by the arrival of European traders in the 16th century.

Encompassing the Globe
The online Smithsonian exhibit of Portuguese voyages from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, from the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. In coordination with Google Earth, this site allows you to trace voyage routes, see locations of sixteenth and seventeenth century events, and view the artworks of the exhibition.

Encyclopedia Britannica: The Indian Ocean
Encyclopedia Britannica online entry on the Indian Ocean, with scientific and geographic information on the region.

The Indian Ocean: Cradle of Globalization  
The Indian Ocean: Cradle of Globalization sites developed by Fellows in the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) 2002 Summer Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, with resources on various aspects of the Indian Ocean, including Cartography and Port Cities and Gendering the Indian Ocean.

Indian Ocean History
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center’s Indian Ocean in World History Website. Includes Susan Douglass’s “Model Lesson for Classroom Exploration” lesson plan.

Internet History Sourcebooks Project: Travelers’ Accounts
A collection of travelers’ accounts and primary sources of travel and trade from ancient to modern times. Includes accounts from Ancient, Greek, Roman, Medieval, Early Modern and Modern European, Jewish, Muslim, Chinese, and Japanese travelers. Part of the Fordham University Internet History Sourcebooks Project.

Internet Indian History Sourcebook
A compilation of sites and articles on Indian History from Indus Valley Cultures to the present day states of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma, and Sri Lanka. Part of the Fordham University Internet History Sourcebooks Project.

John Harrison and the Longitude Problem

An article from the National Maritime Museum of Britain discussing the case of the man who created a watch that allowed seafarers to calculate longitude in the 18th century.

Lost at Sea: The Search For Longitude
The companion Web site to a PBS program, includes links to a game that allows you to find your longitude, an article on the “Secrets of Ancient Navigation,” and links for educators including activities. Additional activities and teachers’ ideas can be found here.

Monsoon Winds to the ‘Land of Gold’
An activity for middle school students on the maritime spice trade from Southeast Asia to Rome.

On the Frankincense Trail
Audio and written report from the Middle Eastern “Frankincense Trail,” produced by freelance radio producer Tom Verde.

Silk Road Narratives
A collection of historical texts from the Silk Road trade which have been translated and digitized.

The Silk Road Project
An arts, cultural, and educational organization founded in 1998 by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, inspired by the cultural traditions of the historic Silk Road.

Slavery in the Swahili Emirates of East Africa
Lesson plan from Africa Enslaved: A Curriculum Unit on Comparative Slave Systems for Grades 9-11, from the University of Texas International Area Studies Outreach Consortium.

The Spice Trade: A Taste of Adventure
Article from Epicentre, an Encyclopedia of Spices, discussing how the history of the spice trade is the history of commerce and modern civilization (originally printed in The Economist).

Teaching about the Indian Ocean
PDF file from the College Board on teaching about the Indian Ocean in the AP World History Curriculum.

Travels of Fa-Hsien - Buddhist Pilgrim of Fifth Century
An account of the travels of Fa-Hsien, a Buddhist Pilgrim who sailed across the Indian Ocean to China during the Fifth Century.

The World of Mohamed Zakariya
An article on Mohamed Zakaryia, who practices ancient techniques of calligraphy and the creation of astrolabes and sundials.


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1001 Inventions
Provides an introduction to historic Muslim inventions used practically and theoretically in home, school, market, hospital, town, world and universe.

15 Minute History

From the University of Texas, this site provides short podcasts of historical events. Episode 2 , entitled “Islamic Extremism in the Modern World” offers suggestions and background information to keep the phenomenon in perspective and to explain what drives these violent actions.

The Alphabet is Historic
Includes four lessons based on the history of our alphabet: from the Phoenicians, through the Greeks, to the Romans, and a big picture examination.

Alternate Focus
Offers films and videos that show a side of the Middle East that is not usually seen in American public media. Films and videos can be viewed online.

American Forum for Global Education
The site includes links to programs, teaching materials, publications, and other links covering many different aspects of world history and international current events.

AMIDEAST
A nonprofit organization that strengthens mutual understanding between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa through study abroad and exchange programs, outreach, and by providing educational resources.

Arab World and Islamic Resources and School Services
A rich source for primary/secondary school materials.

Archnet Digital Library

This site provides historical images and other documents, including images of Islamic architecture, videos, publications, and general images of the Middle East.

Ask Asia
The Ask Asia Organization provides lesson plans, online activities for students, reference guides, links, and current news on Asia for kindergarten through high school level teachers and pupils.

Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs
The databases, from Georgetown's Berkley Center, are resources for students, scholars, citizens and policymakers who would like to know more about how religion plays out in culture, society, and politics -- in the United States and around the world.

Bridging World History
Professional development and classroom materials to support the study of world history, organized into 26 thematic units along a chronological thread. Materials include videos, an audio glossary and a thematically-organized interactive.

Cairo: Living Past, Living Future
An interactive site that allows students to explore the history, culture, society, geography, and environment of Cairo throughout its rich history.

Choices Education Program
The Choices Education Program, sponsored by Brown University, develops lesson plans and writing exercises on current world news.

Cities of Light film website
The website for the Unity Productions Foundation film "Cities of Light". The film, available for the use of educators, recreates the rise and fall of Islamic Spain, where Jews, Christians, and Muslims lived in harmony.

CMCU Workshops: Teaching about Religions, Islam, and the World
Offers information on scheduling a CMCU workshop but also includes a list of useful books for teachers, students, and children along with extensive information and links to photos and videos on Middle Eastern and Islamic culture and history.

CNN Student News
Provides news updates geared to students with highlighted activities relevant to the day's news.

CSPAN Classroom
Free resources for teaching civics and government in the classroom. Provides teaching topics and background info on a variety of current affairs, discussion questions and links to video clips about the history of US-Iraq relations 1990-1998, reactions from the international community, definitions of national security, and a historical comparison of US national security/military action during the 20th century. Actual news footage can be streamed into the classroom.

Dar al Islam Teachers Institutes
A non-profit organization whose goal is to help the non-Muslims of North America understand Islam through programs and workshops for teachers. 

Democracy Web                                                                                      

Provides resources for teachers at the secondary and collegiate level to help students understand how free other people under different forms of government around the world are. The main resources offered are an interactive “Map of Freedom” and an extensive Study Guide.

EDSITEment
The National Endowment for the Humanities collection of highly rated online resources for teaching English, history, and foreign languages.

Educators for Social Responsibility Online Teacher Center
The online Teacher Center provides teaching resources on a range of issues related to international security, conflict resolution, peacemaking, violence prevention, and social responsibility.

Egypt: A Land of Firsts

A series of five lesson plans for elementary students on Egyptian lifestyle. Focuses on Egyptian history, lifestyle, and economic activities, along with cultural comparison between Egypt and the U.S. in order to teach students the importance of tolerance.

Explorers, Traders, and Immigrants

Lesson Plan for grades 9-12 on global trade throughout history and the role of specific commodities played in the lives of different communities. Aligned to guidelines set forth by the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and National Geography Standards.

Exploring the Ancient Middle East
A series of lesson plans on Islam and the Arab world submitted by teachers at University of California Santa Barbara’s 2004 Seminar on Egypt.

Global Connections (PBS)
Global Connections is the online home to a family of sites created to help teachers, students, and the general public learn more about events around the world through readings, lesson plans, links, timelines, and maps. The Middle East section contains useful resources and lesson plans.

The Goha Skits

A series of short skits based on the Arabic folktales entitled " Goha the Wise Fool." Each skit is approximately five minutes long and has optional follow up discussion questions.

Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Curriculum and library suggestions for teaching about the Middle East Lending Library.

A History of the World in 100 Objects

The British Museum offers a 100 part series exploring world history from two million years ago until today. Images of 100 objects accompanied by descriptions of their historical significance are shown on this site, and offer historical insights from the Middle East and around the globe.

Integrating the Arts: Mummies, Manuscripts and Madonnas
Baltimore’s The Walters Museum offers this interactive website for students to examine art in historical contexts in regards to mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies. Also includes time of prominent art works and historical events.

Internet History Sourcebook
From Fordham University, a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use.

Islamic Art and Geometric Design: Activities for Learning
The Metropolian Museum of Art offers activities for students to examine the geometric designs that constitute Islamic art. The resource includes an introduction to Islamic art, an examination of related works found in the Museum, and drawing and design activities for students.

Jadaliyya.com's Pedagogy Section

Compiles links to various teaching resources as well as provides links to other sources about the culture and politics of the Middle East.

Leo Africanus
A website for students and teachers that retraces the steps of Leo Africanus, a 16th century explorer who traveled through Morocco.

Library of Congress
A guide to the Library of Congress, with information for researchers, students, and teachers (including lesson plans and ideas on a variety of topics).

Middle Eastern Themed Lessons and Ideas

This site provides lesson plans for elementary, middle school, and high school classrooms for teaching about the Middle East in the context of meeting core English Language Arts standards. 

Middle East Lesson Plan Unit (New York Times) 
The New York Times Daily Lessons Archive contains lesson plans complete with objectives, required materials, activities, discussion suggestions, vocabulary lists, and correlations to national standards. Search by subject, grade level and/or keyword from the archives page. Browse the Middle East Lesson Plan Unit for more general lessons.

Middle East Outreach Council
Established in 1981, MEOC is a nonprofit, nationwide network of educators working to increase public knowledge about the peoples, places, and cultures of the Middle East, including the Arab world, Iran, Israel, Turkey, and Afghanistan. MEOC resources and activities are apolitical and nonpartisan; they are directed primarily to nonspecialist audiences at the K–12, college, and community college levels.

Model Arab League
Sponsored by the National Council on US-Arab Relations' Leadership Development Program for high school and university students.

Museum Education: Kids’ Corner
The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago presents “Kids’ Corner” with interactive activities including preparing a mummy for a burial, and virtual examination of museum pieces.

Museum With No Frontiers
Virtual exhibitions that allow viewers to "Discover Islamic Art in the Mediterranean." Provides information on Islamic art as well as images.

National Council for the Social Studies
The NCSS website includes links to publications, discussion boards, resource guides, and news relating to teaching Social Studies.

National Geographic
The education homepage for National Geographic. Link to the Education Network for lesson plans, activities, and maps related to teaching world geography.

One World Education
A non-profit organization seeking to introduce student voices to the class to foster global citizenship and awareness.  Currently focused on Washington, D.C.-area schools.

Outreach World
Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, this site is a repository of lesson plans and resources about all world regions; the Middle East section is replete with helpful/usable lessons and information.

PBS: Newshour Extra: Teaching the Iraq War

News Hour Extra's site on Teaching the Iraq War compiles related lesson plans with background information on all aspects of U.S.-Iraq relations and the war. Lessons include activity instructions, questions, correlations to national standards and links to handouts and related articles.

The Royal Ship of Khufu (Cheops)
The Institute of Nautical Archaeology’s project description of the restoration of the Royal Ship of Khufu, a ship found buried in the Great Pyramid of Giza, built for Khufu (King Cheops) as grave goods to be used in the afterlife.

Scribble Maps

Developed by Google, this unique tool allows users to draw on maps, place text on maps, print maps, and more. This tool has been incorporated into grade school classrooms and government agencies, and is a free, easy to use tool.

Selected Resources for Middle Eastern Studies
A compilation of journal databases, country reviews, atlases, maps, biographical directories, and other research tools provided by Georgetown University's Lauinger Library.

Smithsonian: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
The gallery guide provides background information on "Arts of the Islamic World," with reference to pieces on display in the Freer Gallery.

Smithsonian: Freer and Sackler Galleries’ Collection of Ancient Egyptian Art
Catalogue of works in the Ancient Egyptian Art Collection at the Freer and Sackler Galleries.

The Study of Religions Across Civilizations
The Study of Religions Across Civilizations attempts to strengthen the link between Arab and American Civilizations through the bonds of increased knowledge, especially religious knowledge. Through programs and resources in English and in Arabic, this organization tries to increase the knowledge of each group about the religious other. 

 
Teach MidEast.org
Designed primarily for middle- and high-school educators, this site provides classroom resources on Islam and the Middle East focused on topics such as history, geography, culture, and stereotypes.

The Geometer's Sketchpad and Tessellations
This website gives directions for creating tessellations, a type of patterning of geometric tiles often used in Islamic design and architecture. A fun student project!

The Islam Project
A comprehensive site for teaching about Islam in the U.S., designed for educators. It offers background information on Islam, maps of the Islamic world, 1st amendment classroom guidelines, access to a video discussion with American Muslim teens, and extensive lesson plans.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A guide to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Islamic Art Department.

The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Offers lesson plans about Middle Eastern culture, countries, art and music, and other aspects of Middle Eastern culture. Lesson plans are available for elementary, middle, high school, and college/adult students.

The University of Arizona Background and Information Sheets
Information sheets for teachers and students that offer brief introductions to Middle Eastern conflicts, issues, and culture.

The University of Arizona Information/Resources
Lists information and resources available from the university, including information about their outreach lending library, teacher workshops, speakers, books, and background information sheets.

World History for Us All

A model curriculum for teaching world history in middle and high schools. Provides teaching units, lesson plans, and resources that present the human past as a single story rather than unconnected stories of many civilizations.