The following is a list of materials available at the Middle East Center for distribution online and to the community, on such topics as Arabs, Islam, and the Turks. Most resources are available for free distribution, unless specified as for ledning only.

To order, please e-mail Dr. Mehmet Darakcioglu at and give your name, school affiliation, and full address. Please limit your order to no more than 2 resources. *Please note that we do not loan materials outside the Delaware Valley region*. 


Teaching Modules and Pamphlets for Free Distribution

  • Tapestry of Travel: Contributions of Arab/Muslim Civilization to Geography and World Exploration by 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 by 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:

  • (Download Only) The Arabic Language by Sabah Ghazzawi (Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.)

This teaching module gives a useful introduction to the Arabic language. It includes the history of the Arabic language, its usage in the contemporary world, and an abbreviated explanation of its structure and grammatical distinctives. It also includes a chart of the Arabic alphabet and examples of calligraphy, as well as a suggested resources list and classroom activity suggestions. It provides a wonderful resource for the beginner Arabic student and Arabic language instructors. Hard copy not available. Download only from Georgetown CCAS:

  • (Download Only) Who are the Arabs? By 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. Download only, hard copy not available:

  • 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.

  • 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 pull-out 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.



  • Teaching Resources About Islam and Muslims (Council for Islamic Education and Curriculum Specialist Susan Douglass)

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. One per request, please.

  • Atzilut: Concerts for Peace (Arabic & Hebrew Worldmusic, 2008)

Program recording of a concert of mixed Arabic and Hebrew music with traditional instruments, featuring Maurice Chedid on Arabic vocals and Jack Kessler on Hebrew vocals. Produced with the message: we can work together. More info at Availble to lend only, please return.

  • An A-Z of the Middle East: A Reference CD-ROM, Dominique Vidal and Alain Gresh (Sindibad Multimedia, 1998)

A well-done visual aid that provides a comprehensive account of the Middle East in the 20th century. Very accessible for classroom use by high school teachers or anybody with a general interest in the region. Includes over 250 photographs, animated maps, treaties and UN resolutions, and 115 entries of the most important figures and movements that have shaped the region's modern history. Available to lend only, please return.

  • Colloquial Arabic (Levantine)  The Complete Course for Beginners (Routledge).

This helpful CD-ROM and Booklet serves as a wonderful aid for teachers of colloquial Arabic. Available to lend only, please return.

  • Embracing Their Origins, Sharing Their Stories - Seven Youth Videos with a Curriculum Supplement about Arabs, Arab Americans, and Stereotypes (Al-Bustan, 2010)

This curriculum packet focuses on unpacking mainstream representations of Arabs and Arab Americans and examining the stereotypes behind these representations. It is designed with middle and high school students in mind, and can easily fit into a Language Arts, Humanities, World History, and/or American History class. The DVD includes six youth-produced videos, and one video produced during a day-long student workshop The accompanying CD includes the curriculum in PDF format. The curriculum is composed of a two-lesson media literacy unit, a six-lesson unit on stereotypes, and discussion questions for each video. Additional material included are related readings for each unit, suggestions for service learning extension activities, and a bibliography for other resources that teachers, students, and families can use to further explore topics about Arabs, Arab Americans, and the Arab world. Teachers can select from the activities and resources to fit the time constraints of their classrooms and the academic needs of their students. Lent through our media library.

  • The Map Project CD Rom and Transparency Set (Middle East Studies Association of North American, Inc., 2003).

Colorful and clear transparencies, as well as a CD Rom, of 103 maps, including modern political maps, and maps on early history, modern wars, economies, vegetation and agriculture, the Arab-Israeli conflict, European colonial expansion, demography, and much more. The CD Rom contains the same maps as the transparencies, along with a text document of each map. This project was funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and is an excellent resource to supplement the classroom study of the Middle East. Available to lend only, please return.



  • The Cave of Reconciliation: An Abrahamic/Ibrahimic Tale (Jewish Publication Society, 2006)

The Cave of Reconciliation is a book with two sides. Read from one end, it tells the story of Abraham and his son Isaac, flip the book and it recounts the tale of Ibrahim and Ismail. Endorsed as tool for interfaith dialogue, The Cave of Reconciliation is recommended by Jewish, Christian, and Muslim clergy. Ideal for an elementary school audience, this book offers a reminder of our commonalities and examines the source of our differences. Intended to promote dialogue and provoke thoughtful questions, The Cave of Reconciliation binds together two stories for one world. Supplementary material includes maps, family trees, and a glossary of names. Please note that this is available to lend only and is not for free distribution.


Other Resources

  • The Middle East: A Full Color Educational Poster (The Knowers Ark Educational Foundation, Mansons Landing, BC, Canada, 2004)

This beautiful, full colored wall poster includes a detailed map of the Middle East, as well as color inserts detailing Israel & Palestine, Iraq, and various historical treaties. Detailed charts include up-to-date statistics on oil, water, politics, religion, economics, geography, demographics, military spending, and more! This valuable teaching tool is available for free upon request. Limit one per person.