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 …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Designing Thematic Units Using Integrated Performance Assessment

Learners will be able to: Recognize different cities around the world. Describe the city. Give and follow directions in the city using the Arabic language. Ask and answer questions about their cities. Express opinion and justify. Compare between a city …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Qatar Foundation International

Environment Unit: How can we protect our environment?

Learners will be able to: Define “environment” and its elements Identify reasons and kinds of pollution Identify consequences of pollution Compare between efforts to sustain environment Give examples of how they can contribute to the protection of envi …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Qatar Foundation International

Crusade Perspectives

Overview This lesson is meant to strengthen students’ skills in historical analysis and understanding diverse perspectives. The writing prompts, class discussion, and use of art as well as text should provide students with a broad understanding of the …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs and Naguib Mahfouz’s Midaq Alley

A lesson plan for high school English classes by Omar Hakim, International Academy, Troy, MI. This is for use in teaching about Midaq Alley, the famous novel by Naguib Mahfouz, an Egyptian winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Additional materials r …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

An Indian Ocean Trade Simulation

Lesson Overview: The Indian Ocean Trade (IOT) network has been a conduit for goods and culture for thousands of years and is a critical part of any World History curriculum. This lesson will teach your students key concepts of cultural diffusion, and d …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Arts and Culture of the Berber Tribes of Morocco and the Sahara

Motivation: Students will be introduced to the four subjects of Berber /Tuareg jewelry, and body adornment with henna designs, embroidered textiles, and nomadic dwellings through a power point, visual displays, study guide packet, and Moroccan artifact …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File, Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Black Gold

Essential Question: How might having a valuable natural recourse (oil) affect a region? Students will be informally assessed throughout the lesson through their participation and questioning during our “Black Gold” presentations and initial and conclud …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Measuring the Travels of Two Adventurers: Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta

Overview: It is important that students are able to make comparisons and convert between US customary and the metric system. Students will find that most other countries use the metric system. Purpose: Students will learn about two medieval explorers, …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Introduction to Islam

Goals: The goal of this lesson is to introduce students to the religion of Islam. By providing facts about aspects of the religion, another goal of the lesson is to help dispel the negative views that are often associated with Islam and Muslims since t …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Iran, Iraq – What’s the Difference?

Purpose: Both Iran and Iraq are in the news these days, and students have trouble telling them apart. This lesson is an introduction to two very different cultures in the Middle East. Lesson: To get students thinking about geographical, cultural, and r …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Florentine and Ottoman Women of the 14th – 16th Centuries: A Comparative Curriculum Unit

Aims: To evaluate what the Renaissance meant for Italian women, particularly in Florence To provide a comparison to the conditions of European women with nonEuropean women To have students examine stereotypical images of Eastern and Western women To ex …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Islam Fact and Fiction: Overcoming Stereotypes

Philosophical Belief: Since the September 11 attacks, the lack of understanding and our society’s general misconceptions of Islam have become overwhelmingly apparent and dangerous. Shortly after the attacks, an Indian was murdered in Arizona. Apparentl …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Create a Government for Iraq: American Government Problem-Based Learning

Introduction: Saddam has been defeated and the United States has promised the Iraqi people that we will help them create a viable government to replace the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein. The United States thinks that Turkey’s government might serve as …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Examining the Influence of the U.S. Constitution on the Iraqi Constitution Ratified in 2005

Objectives: Student will recognize the influence of the U.S. Constitution on the Constitution of Iraq. Background: Following the ouster of Saddam Hussein during the Iraq War, the Iraqi government needed to draft a new constitution. The U.S. Constitutio …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Culture versus Capitalism in Rural Morocco

Rationale: The purpose of this lesson is to: Analyze how globalization is affecting the financial socialization of young people in Morocco and the broader Middle East. Reflect on how notions of “tradition”, “modern”, “need”, and “want” affect consumer …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Kurds: A People without a Country

Purpose/Connection to the Curriculum: This lesson is designed for high school Social Studies classes and meets numerous World History and Geography standards: on the post-World War I treaties, the independence movements in developing nations, regional …

Language of Presentation: French
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Middle East Debates

Overview: This high school lesson outlines an in-depth 9-week Middle East unit that culminates in a 3-day, 6 hour public performance of skills and knowledge where students debate from the perspective of 20+ different Middle East leaders. The lesson pla …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Region by Any Other Name

Overview: It is often true that a place may be categorized as belonging to more than one region, depending on the criteria used. Oklahoma is sometimes categorized as a southern state, a southwestern state, a Great Plains state, or simply as part of the …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Quran Powerpoint

This lesson goes through the history of the Qur’an and it’s significance.

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Palestine/Israel – 1948: One Event, Two Perspectives

This lesson is one of the anchor lessons in a 6-week unit on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict that is taught through a multiple narratives approach. It is designed as a historical inquiry that students complete in groups. The historical inquiry require …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Palestinian and Israeli Literature

Overview: For many audiences, understanding of the Palestinian­Israeli conflict comes mainly from the media ­­ news of violence and of political friction dominate the airwaves, and we sometimes forget about the ordinary Palestinian and Israeli citizens …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Palestinian-Israeli Issue/High School English

Overview: This lesson has three parts: an historical background (to prepare students to understand the complexity of the conflict); a literary component where students read two short excerpts from memoirs – one by a Palestinian, one by an Israeli – and …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Shark Tank – Middle East Competition

Overview: This lesson is a “workplace” simulation that requires students to build their research, writing, and presentation skills, while learning more about the Middle East. Students are expected to gather information and then apply it in a creative w …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Sports, Politics, and Social Change in the Modern Middle East

Purpose/Connection to the Curriculum: This is a lesson that combines elements of Social Sciences (World History, Geography, Government, Current Events) and Language Arts. The purpose is to help students understand some of the political, social, and for …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Arabic for Arabic Speakers Workbook 2012

This is an introductory workbook for heritage students of Arabic. The workbook begins with an English introduction to the Arabic language and goes through Arabic letters and script. The book includes three units for the students about food, family, and …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The National Heritage Language Resource Center

My Two Worlds as an Arab American: Thematic Units for Heritage Speakers of Arabic

This unit guide comprises of a variety of topics and activities for heritage learners of the Arabic language. There are worksheets and homework assignments for students included in this guide.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: National Heritage Language Resource Center

Arabic Lessons for Heritage Learners

These lessons are aimed at heritage learners of Arabic and are for beginners. The lessons incorporate information on letters, flashcards, multiple choice, and other activities aimed at comprehension.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: STARTALK

Arabic for Arabic Speakers

This workbook was designed for heritage speakers of Arabic to use both in the classroom and at home. This workbook covers a wide range of topics for beginner and intermediate students to learn vocabulary, writing, and reading. There are a multitude of …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: STARTALK and the National Heritage Language Resource Center and United States Department of Education

Teacher’s Corner

This resource includes a variety of movies about Islam, Arab Americans, and history surrounding the Arab world. Movie titles include: American Muslims: Facts vs. Fiction;  Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet; Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story; C …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Unity Productions Foundation

Use of Symbols in Egyptian Religion: Ancient, Coptic Christianity, and Islam

Description from CMES website: Background: This lesson could follow a unit on Orthodox Christianity and the Rise of Islam, having covered Ancient Egyptian history at an earlier time. This lesson could also function as part of a unit on religion in a ge …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File, Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

War and Remembrance

Description from the CMES website: Overview: The lesson begins with a discussion of how to interpret visual memorials (Powerpoint pictures and explanations included) using two case studies: memorialization of the Armenian genocide in Armenia and of the …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File, Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

What Is Going on Here? An Inquiry Lesson in Current Events in the Muslim World

Description from the CMES website: We will embark upon an investigation of a pressing series of current events in the world. These events have been shaped by thousands of years of history, cultural and political identities, religions, international rel …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File, Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Emirates Flight Menu in Arabic and English

This menu for a flight between Dubai and Washington DC offers a variety of food and beverage items in both Arabic and English.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider:

Your Phone is Now a Refugee’s Phone

Directions: watch on a mobile If you had to flee your country, what’s the one piece of technology you would take with you? This striking film, designed to watch on a mobile phone, helps the viewer to experience with immediacy the confusion and fear fac …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Streaming Audio, Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: BBC Media Action

Libya: A Country Study

The Country Studies text from the Library of Congress on Algeria includes an overview independent Algeria up to the mid 1980s.

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Library of Congress

Algeria: A Country Study

The Country Studies text from the Library of Congress on Algeria includes an overview independent Algeria up to 1992.

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Library of Congress

Persian Gulf States: A Country Study

Post-independence histories for the Gulf States is covered in this country study in the section “Developments Since Independence” found under “Historical Setting.” Specific information about the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the Persian Gulf War can be …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Library of Congress

Saudi Arabia: A Country Study

For a history of Saudi Arabia after WWII, Read the history section from “The Rule of Abd al Aziz” to its end. Note that this was last updated in 1992.

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Library of Congress

Lebanon: A Country Study

The Country Studies text from the Library of Congress on Lebanon includes a basic section on the Civil War.

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Library of Congress

Primer on Palestine, Israel, and the Israeli-Arab Conflict

This text provides a comprehensive overview of the key events and issues in the Israeli-Arab / Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It includes major wars (including those in 1948, 1967, 1973) along with the two intifadas, peace efforts, and issues that remai …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Middle East Research and Information Project

Crash Course World History: Conflict in Israel and Palestine

This entertaining yet informative offers a brief introduction to the Israeli-Arab / Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Although not exhaustive (the 1973 war is notably absent), it does offer a substantial narrative of the conflict while acknowledging the co …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Crash Course World History

Iraq: A Country Study

This resources covers the Hussein regime in the sections “The Emergence of Saddam Husayn, 1968-1979” and “The Iran-Iraq Conflict.” Note that this text was last updated in 1988.

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Library of Congress

The Saddam Hussein Sourcebook: Declassified Secrets from the U.S.-Iraq Relationship

This website provides links to a variety of declassified documents from U.S. NSA on the relationship between the United States and Iraq, with specific focus on the Saddam Hussein regime and United States’ interventions in Iraq. These primary sources pr …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: National Security Agency

A Global Controversy: The U.S. Invasion of Iraq

This curriculum from the Choices Program at Brown University provides a history of Iraq and U.S. Involvement in Iraq, with special focus on the War in Iraq that began in 2003. The student provides a solid overview of the history of Iraq, and could be u …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The Choices Program at Brown University

Syria: A Country Study

The Library of Congress’ study for Syria can provide key background information on post-war Syria from the section “Independence” to the end of the history. Please note that this was last updated in 1987.

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Library of Congress

Syria: The Reckoning

This documentary from Al Jazeera covers the history of Syria from the creation of the Ba’ath Party to the beginning of the Syrian Civil War. The first half focuses on the Ba’ath Party, the United Arab Republic, and the events leading up to Hafez al-Ass …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Al Jazeera

Egypt: A Country Study

The Country Studies series from the Library of Congress provide basic histories of nations around the world. Relevant sections run from “The Revolution and the Early Years of the New Government, 1952-1956” through “Husni Mubarak.” Teachers should note …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Library of Congress

Nasser’s Complex Legacy

This article looks back at the legacy of Nasser by examining the different sides of the Egyptian leader. This text can help students start to think about Nasser’s role in Egypt as potentially both positive and negative, and the extent to which he has i …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Open Democracy

Middle East: Carnegie News

The landing page for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Middle East program, this site offers links to articles and resources focused on the Middle East today. This is a useful resource for students and teachers wanting to explore current …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace