Arab Society and Culture Resources

In the Arab Society and Culture section of Al-Masdar you can access various resources that can be used in your teaching about Arab culture. Content is presented thematically, featuring commonly discussed themes about culture and society as informed by teachers and the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) standards. The Browse section on this page allows you to make more specific searches on Al-Masdar, and also provides you with the option of searching for the newest in addition to the most viewed/recommended resources on the site.


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Clone of Cross-Cultural Exchange on the Trans-Saharan Trade Routes: A Cooperative Group-Work Mini-Unit
School Level: Middle/High School

Mini-Unit Objective: Students will analyze the effects of geography on and cultural interchange between Islam and West Africa by examining and creating a creative presentation using primary sources and artifacts relating to trans-Saharan trade and adap …


Compare and Contrast the Empires: Rome, China, and the Ottoman Empire
School Level: Middle/High School

Purpose: Students will compare and contrast the great empires of The Ottoman Empire, Rome, and China learning similarities and differences between the empires. Objectives Students will be able to identify and explain common factors empires share Studen …


Contributions of Islamic Civilization

In this lesson students will use a variety of sources to: Develop their technology skills by conducting online research. Develop their reading/comprehension skills through guided reading. Identify and label various primary source images and their autho …


100 Years in Mesopotamia: A Century of Conflict in Iraq, 1914-2014
School Level: Middle/High School

Unit objectives: Students will analyze the effect of World War I on present day Iraq Students will be able to answer the essential question “How did WWI and its aftermath shape conflict in the Middle East today?” Students will analyze the importance of …

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McDonald’s- Every Minute with the Family Is Valuable

This is an authentic McDonald’s ad from the Arab Gulf countries. In the video, children and their families are portrayed counting from 1 to 60, hence it is a  good resource for teaching/learning the numbers in Arabic. The diverse scenarios shown in the …


Are You Listening: Voices from the Middle East

This anthology of short stories in translation gives voice to individuals and communities from around the Middle East. Organized around multiple themes, this collection of stories provides students with an entry point into the diversity of the Arab wor …


Mustafa Akyol: Faith Versus Tradition in Islam

Mustafa Akyol explores the origins of cultural practices that have come to be considered “Islamic” by the rest of the world. He challenges conceptions of Islam by differentiating between practice and belief, identifying practices like female circumcisi …


Arab American Stories – Diane Rehm

This episode of Arab American Stories features Diane Rehm. Rehm is a Syrian-American national radio host on NPR. The length of this episode is about eight minutes long.



Arabic and Islamic Science and Its Influence on the Western Scientific Tradition

From the Library of Congress’ World Digital Library comes this set of articles detailing Islamic contributions to Western science. Four major topics covered are: mathematics, astronomy, medicine, and technology. Each topic includes a selection of relev …


Muslim Heritage

This website offers a variety of articles, slideshows, and videos covering contributions from the Islamic world to global civilization. Students can explore various historical figures, from cultural icons to medieval scientists, to learn how they have …


Nature Middle East: Emerging Science in the Arab World

Nature Middle East compiles articles on scientific and medical research performed in the Middle East and by people from the Middle East. Current articles are freely accessed, while archives may require a subscription. There is also a blog entitled “Hou …


Jadaliyya

Jadaliyya is an online news and academic journal sponsored by the Arab Studies Institute. Jadaliyya offers academic articles on current events and themes in the Middle East in multiple languages. Articles tend to offer critical insight into the Middle …