Materials for Educators and the Community
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The Middle East Center offers hard copy and electronic teaching manuals to K-12 educators on various topic related to the Middle East. If you are interested in resources in our media and teacher resource library please e-mail Amelia Carter at ameliaca@sas.upenn.edu with your request.

Teaching modules and educational resources available for use

Tapestry of Travel: Contributions of Arab/Muslim Civilization to Geography and World Exploration  Karima Alavi, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.This informative teaching module gives a fact-filled exploration of the contributions of Arabs/Muslims from the 7th to 15th centuries in the fields of geography and world exploration. Interesting mini-biographies and inserts bring alive the facts surrounding the explorations and writings of the greatest luminaries of this exciting period in Islamic history. This monograph also includes an extensive suggested resource list and educational activities for teachers. Available as a hard copy or a PDF available from Georgetown CCAS.

The Contributions of Arab Civilization to Mathematics and Science

Julie Peteet, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. This informative teaching module gives a concise summary of the major contributions of Arab civilization to the sciences from the 8th to 11th century. Divided into sections on medicine, physics, chemistry, mathematics, and astronomy, this resource gives valuable information for teachers and the beginner student of Arab civilization. It also includes a suggested resource list and classroom activities. Available as a hard copy or a PDF available from Georgetown CCAS.

ArabiaFelix: Window Into Yemen          

An online interactactive teaching resource that acts as a window to the country Yemen. This online resource has detailed lesson plans on the history, culture, religion and politics of Yemen.  Only available online.

 Who are the Arabs? 
Steve Tamari, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
This concise teaching module details the history of the Arab peoples from ancient times until today. It includes topics such as origins, Islam, encounters with the West, Arab nationalism, the Arab world today, and Arabs in America. Included in it are stories and poems by Arab writers as well as profiles and sketches from a variety of Arab countries. A resource list and valuable classroom discussion questions and activities are included.
Only available online.

Muslim Holidays: Teacher Guide and Student Resources
2nd Edition, Council on Islamic Education, 2004
This accessible volume provides handouts and lesson plans, along with a teacher guide, on Muslim holidays for all grade levels. This new edition also includes very helpful information on Muslim holidays and religious accommodations for Muslim students for teachers of all grades facing increasingly diverse classrooms. Lesson plans correlate with National and some State Social Studies History Standards.

Teaching About Islam and Muslims in the Public Classroom: A Handbook for Educators 
3rd Edition, Council on Islamic Education, 2002
The clear, concise chapters in this handbook can be adapted for all grade levels by teachers interested in supplementing the classroom materials they use to introduce Islam to their students. An excellent resource on the essential beliefs and practices of Muslims for teachers and students.

The Cave of Reconciliation
Pecki Sherman Witonsky, The Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia, 2006Beautiful biblical book filled with pictures and short descriptions.

Toward an Understanding of Media Policy and Media Systems in Iraq: A Forward and Two Reports
Monroe Price, Center of Global Communications Studies: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 2007
This issue contains two reports: one focusing on policy recommendations for broadcasting in Iraq and the other focusing on the dynamic of Iraq’s media.

 

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Young Voices from Arab World (DVD) and Companion teacher's guide
AMIDEAST, Leslie Nucho, 2000
Learn what it's like to be a teenager in the Arab World through five young people from Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Kuwait, and Morocco.

Who Are The Turks? A Manual for Teachers
Justin McCarthy and Carolyn McCarthy The American Forum for Global Education, 2003
An excellent, beautifully produced resource for educators on Turkey, including lesson plans on Turkish government, society, art, and literature. Includes notes to instructors, key concepts, and strategies for teaching and projects. Also includes homework readings and worksheets, maps, and full-page color graphics that can be photocopied for students. Appendices include food, recipes, the Turkish language and alphabet, and useful websites.

Islam: An Introduction  
A Special pullout sections from Saudi Aramco World, January/February 2002
This full-color pamphlet provides basic information about Muslims, the Prophet Muhammad, practices and beliefs in Islam, Classical Islamic Art, American Muslims, and contributions of the Islamic World to Society. It also includes a timeline of major events in the Islamic World, a list of notable Muslims in history, and an annotated list of suggestions for further reading. Distributed by Saudi Aramco.

Arab Civilization
Arab Information Center 
A folder that contains information about Islam, the Arabic language, education, science, and art. Each of the 12 categories contains a 4-page pamphlet.

Empire, Republic, Democracy: A History of Turkey
The Choices Program 2014: The Watson Institute for International Studies- Brown University
Traces the final years of the Ottoman Empire and the history of the Turkish Republic. Looks at Ataturk's sweeping reforms.

Iran Through the Looking Glass: History, Reform, and Revolution
The Choices Program 2014: The Watson Institute for International Studies- Brown University
Teachers resources book with lesson plans on the political history of Iran. Broken down into small sections containing documents study guides, key terms, passages, and activities.

The Middle East in Transition: Question for U.S. Policy
The Choices Program 2014: The Watson Institute for International Studies- Brown University
The Middle East in Transition: Question for U.S. Policy
draws students into the policy debate on this important region. Students analyze the mix of U.S. interests and values at play and explore the significance of oil, the Arab uprising, the rise of ISIS, and other issues that shape U.S. ties to the Middle East. 

Responding to Terrorism: Challenges for Democracy
The Choices Program 2014: The Watson Institute for International Studies- Brown University
Responding to Terrorism: Challenges for Democracy
addresses the issues arising from the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Students are drawn into consideration of the changing nature of terrorism, motivations of terrorists, and the implications for U.S. domestic and international policy. 

The U.S. Role in a Changing World
The Choices Program 2014: The Watson Institute for International Studies- Brown University

The U.S. Role in a Changing World
helps students reflect on global changes, assess national priorities, and decide for themselves the future directions of U.S. foreign policy. The reading offers insight into the forces that are shaping international relations in the twenty-first century.

The United States in Afghanistan
The Choices Program 2014: The Watson Institute for International Studies- Brown University
The United States in Afghanistan brings students into the policy debate about the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. Students begin by exploring Afghanistan's culture and history, and then examine the events that led to the Soviet invasion, the arrival of Osama bin Laden, and the situation today.

Empire, Republic, Democracy: A History of Turkey
The Choices Program 2014: The Watson Institute for International Studies- Brown University
Empire, Republic, Democracy: A History of Turkey
traces the final years of the Ottoman Empire and the history of the Turkish Republic. Students explore the legacies of Anaturk's sweeping reforms and then grapple with the same questions and challenges facing people in Turkey today.

A Global Controversy: The U.S. Invasion of Iraq
The Choices Program 2011: The Watson Institute for International Studies- Brown University
A Global Controversary: The U.S. Invasion of Iraq
draws students into the public debate on the U.S. decision to invade Iraq in 2003. Readings and activities provide students with an overview of the history of Iraq, help students understand events surrounding the U.S.-led invasion, and explore the effects of the war on Iraqi society, the United States, and the international community.
Anyos Munchos i Buenos: “Good Years and Many More”:Turkey’s Sephardim: 1492-1992
Ayse Gursan-Salzmann and Laurence Salzmann, Han Books, 1991
A photo book published in 1984 containing a photo project by Laurence Salzmann and Ayse Gursan-Salzmann showing their journey to discover Turkish Jews.

Travels in Search of Turkey’s Jews
Ayse Gursan-Salzmann and Laurence Salzmann 
A photo book published in 1984 containing a photo project by Laurence Salzmann and Ayse Gursan-Salzmann showing their journey to discover Turkish Jews.

Shaherazade’s Daughters
Sameena K. Mughal, Laredo Publishing Co., 2013
This book, which is adapted from 1001 Nights, contains a collection of short stories that pay homage to the classic tales, but add a modern, feminist twist.

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Thrive: 5 Ways to (Re)invigorate your teaching
Meenoo Rami, Heinemann, 2014
This book provides advice on how to reinvigorate your teaching style. It includes profiles from local teachers explaining their methods of successful teaching.

International Journal of Middle East Studies

Cambridge University Press, Vol. 39 No. 1, 2007
This journal contains five articles and four-book review.

Diplomatic History
The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Vol. 18 No.1, Winter 1994

This journal contains articles, commentaries, review essays, and feature reviews.

The Economic Dimension: Past, Present, and Future
Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics, and Culture, Vol. 14 No. 3, 2007

This is a joint Israeli-Palestinian quarterly journal that provides a deeper insight into the issues dividing the two people. This copy contains articles and book reviews.

The Journal of North African Studies
Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group, Vol 12 No. 4, Dec. 2007

This journal publishes article regarding North Africa from ancient to modern times; all areas of history, social science and humanities are covered. This issue contains 10 articles and 4 book reviews.

Santa Claus in Baghdad and Other Stories About Teens in the Arab World
Elsa Marston, Indiana University Press, 2004

This book contains 8 short stories about teenagers living in Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt, the West Bank, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestinian refugee camps, depicts teens experiences growing up in the Middle East.

Strengthening America: the Civic and Political Integration of Muslim Americans

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, 2007

Report of the task force on Muslim American civic and political engagement; contains 6 recommendations.

Arabic in 10 Minutes a Day
Kristine K. Kershu, Bilingual Books Inc., 2004

This pamphlet contains basic Arabic words with pictures.

Teaching Resources About Islam and Muslims 
Susan Douglass,  Council for Islamic Education and Curriculum Specialist
This CD-ROM compendium includes teaching modules geared toward the high school and middle school classroom. Modules include the Arts of Islam, Classical Islam & the Renaissance, Islam & Science, and Islam in general. Each module contains lesson plan materials, articles, and a bevy of Internet links for further consideration.  This valuable resource also includes teacher guides and other helpful tools for educators.