Teaching the Middle East: Resources for Educators

Resources Developed by the Center for Global Studies

  • Debate surrounding the 2004 French Law banning the conspicuous display of religious symbols in public schools (includes video and a curriculum guide developed for grades 7-12)
  • Contesting Paradigms and Redefining Perceptions of the Middle East - PPT PDF
    Scroll down to the appropriately titled section for links to video, session powerpoint, and a curriculum guide
  • Language in the Non-Language Classroom
    This section explores the use and misuse of certain “hot words” of the Arabic language that are commonly found in the U.S. media. The defining and re-defining of such terminology will allow students to readdress the popular portrayal that has been experienced in today's media. Scroll down to the appropriately titled section for links to video, session powerpoint, and a curriculum guide.

Islam and Muslims: A Historical Overview

  • Introducing Islam to non-Muslims
    This webpage introduces Islam to non-Muslims. It provides very basic information on what Islam means, who Muslims are, and what Islamic beliefs and principles entail.
  • Three Religions; One God
    This webpage provides information on the three Abrahamic religions, their histories and basic principles. There is also a brief section on how Islam sees Christianity and Judaism. Useful resource for reflections on inter-faith relations.
  • Teaching the Middle East 
    This website is more advanced and delves extensively into history. However, the section titled “The Middle East as Seen Through Foreign Eyes” might be helpful in discussing western stereotypes regarding Muslims and Islam.
  • Islamic Rulership and Justice
    This website is about the rulership and justice issued out during the Islamic Period
  • The Question of Identity: Islamic Period:  Diversity and Pluralism
    This website covers ethnics and religious makeups of the Middle East and how they affected national and religious identities
  • Empires to Nation-States: Islamic Period
    Learn about the political history of the Middle East from the seventh to the twentieth centuries CE. Trace the rise of vast, diverse empires under Islamic rule and their transformation into nation-states.

Origins of Islam

Geography of the Middle East

Muslims and Arabs

Islamic Beliefs and Principles

Islam and Other Religions

  • Three Religions; One God
    This webpage provides information on the three Abrahamic religions, their histories and basic principles. There is also a brief section on how Islam sees Christianity and Judaism. Useful resource for reflections on inter-faith relations.

Islam and the West

Women in Islam

Religious Holidays and Important Dates

Current World Issues

Islam and the Media

Comprehensive Resources

Return to Top