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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Discover the Arab World
School Level: Middle/High School

Discover the Arab World is a free set of resources for secondary teachers. It was designed around 30 objects related to the Arab world and its peoples in the collections of the British Museum. For each of these 30 objects, it contains one card with a h …


Lesson Plans (CMES at the University of Arizona)

This site provides an extensive collection of teacher-produced lesson plans related to the Middle East. The list is arranged in alphabetical order and spans a wide content area. There are lesson plans available for the K-12 school levels as well as for …


A Country with No Water

Qatar has many natural resources, but water is not one of them. In this TED Talk, Fahad Al- Attiya talks about the unique ways in which the country of Qatar creates its water supply. As Chairman of Qatar’s National Food Security Programme, Al-Attiya is …


Learning to Listen: Teaching the Middle East Migration Crisis through Refugee Narratives
School Level: Middle/High School

This lesson gives students the information and context to explore the human narratives of individual refugees from the Middle East, and to analyze those narratives to discover the causes of migration, the paths and obstacles migrants and refugees face …



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 …