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20 Years after the Hostages: Declassified Document on Iran and the United States

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its primary resources and information on US-Iran relations. Topics and materials include an article on US-Iran relations with 6 primary resources documents. Document titles include Document 1: “Developments in the Azerbaijan Situation,” Central Intelligence Group, Office of Reports and Estimates; Document 2: Memorandum for the President, Memorandum from the Department of State, top secret, circa August 1953; Document 3: “Follow-up on the President?s Talk with the Shah of Iran,” secret, July 25, 1972; Document 4: Shredded CIA Cable reporting on information provided by an Iranian contact, secret, September 1,1979. Be aware of the fact that due to the age and scan quality of the documents, some may be difficult to read. Excellent primary source from our government on U.S. policy in the region. This resource originally recommended by Harvard University. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

A History of Israel: From the Rise of Zionism to Our Time (1996)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this is a detailed account of the history of Israel since the British mandate of 1948. Sachar is detailed without making the topics and issues complicated. One of the most useful and informative chapters is the first, entitled ‘The Rise of Jewish Nationalism.’ Recommended for use in grades 9-12 in the classroom as a history textbook. It is also strongly recommended as summer reading for middle and high school social studies teachers. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 06/2002.

Citation: Sachar, Howard.

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A History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (1994)

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Recommended because , more consistently than any English-language predecessor, Mr. Tessler takes it as given that the struggle between Zionist Jews and Palestinian Arabs fora room of their own in the same small territory has always been, and has again become, the core of the rivalry. He then elaborates the dissonant counterpoint of political aspirations, cultural outlook and above all historical experience that have made that struggle a persisting, if asymmetrical, tragedy for both peoples. As the story nears the present, Mr. Tessler’s pursuit of comprehensiveness leads to a loss of thematic forest in the leaves of narrative detail. Still, the dry stretches are outweighed by exemplary chapters on the formation of dissimilar and antagonistic national identities; the growing irreconcilability of two peoples living adjacently, but not together, under British administration, and the big bang of 1948 that brought Israelis independence and Palestinians a national disaster, as well as some three-quarters of a million refugees. Reviewed by David Schoenbaum, the New York Times Book Review.

Citation: Tessler, Mark.

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A Kurdish Family

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Recommended because of its description of a Kurdish family. It describes the journey of a Kurdish family who immigrates from their home in Iraq to California, their life in Iraq, and their new life in California. Recommended for middle and lower high school students. Available for loan through the University of Texas. (See Overview-Centers for more information.) Be aware you will need to follow the Outreach link to the Print Materials link to access information. Reviewed by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas, 4/29/02.

Citation: Karen O’Connor. 56 pages (Texas)

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A Life Like Mine

Posted by: globaledadmin on Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A Life Like Mine tells the story of how children live around the world through four themes:  survival, development, protection, participation.  Excellent images and text suitable for upper elementary and middle school students. Truly has a global perspective. Includes many visuals and maps.

Is is published by UNICEF.

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A Treasury of Turkish Folktales for Children (1988) (Turkish)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because the book contains the retelling of many Turkish folktale classics. The thirty-four stories contained in this book are excellent for elementary and middle school teachers to use in a World literature or World cultures curriculum unit. Perfect for story time or for classroom reading practice. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 05/2002.

Citation: Walker, Barbara.

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A World Between: Poems, Stories, and Essays by Iranian-Americans (1998) (Persian)

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Recommended because This passionate collection of poems, short stories, and essays is the first published anthology of writings by Iranian immigrants as well as first generation Iranian-Americans. Wide-ranging and deeply personal, these pieces explore the Iranian community’s continuing struggle to understand what it means to be Iranian in America. Many of the selections are intimate reflections on the pain of being alienated from the language, history, and geography of one’s childhood and fondest memories. Other pieces grapple with the complexities and ambiguities of cultural and personal identity, particularly for first generation Iranian-Americans. The contributors arrived in the United States as exiles and refugees of the 1979 Iranian Revolution; others are immigrants who left their homeland for non-political reasons. Reviewed by Publisher.

Citation: Karim, Persis.

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AATT Homepage

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because its information of the teaching of the Turkish language. Here you can find information on Turkish Summer Programs, Grant Opportunities, Resources, etc. Be aware of the fact that this resource is more suitable for those teaching or who want to learn the Turkish language. Also, the resources link is currently being updated.

Abaden.net

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Recommended because of its Iranian cultural resources. Topics and materials include Abadan, picture gallery, joke archive, discussion, music, chat room, food recipes, newspapers, sports, TV, radio, and Iranian links. I recommend the Abadan link. Here you will find a brief on Abadan including history & a map, Abadan poems and dictionary. The Memory and Tales of Abadan sections give personal touch and cultural history to the region. This resource was originally recommended by the University of Texas. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

ABC: Teaching Human Rights. Practical Activities for Primary and Secondary Schools. (1990).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it provides basic information for teachers in primary and secondary schools who want to foster awareness and knowledge of human rights and the sense of reciprocity and universality upon which it is based and some practical activities. Please be aware that the entire book can be read online at http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu6/2/abc.htm#II. Be aware of the fact that his work is available in English, Spanish, and French. Its purpose is to provide methodology which models inclusiveness, equity, and tolerance of differences.

Citation: UN Center for Human Rights. United Nation Publications. $5.00.

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Abraham’s Children: Israel’s Young Generation (1991)

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Recommended because Sichrovsky’s timely book reveals through interviews a cross-section of the lives, thoughts, and opinions of 25 of Israel’s younger generation. Some of these Israelis are immigrants, others are sabras (native born); many are children of Holocaust survivors. Some come from Arab countries. One interviewee is a Christian convert to Judaism. Not all are religious, but most feel that Israel is their country, bought and fought for by them, and that no part of it should ever be given away. Some would come to a compromise with the Palestinians. A young Israeli Arab doctor would not exchange his life in Israel for one in an Arab country. It is regrettable that no interviews of representatives of the well-known urban religious communities such as Bayit Vegan or B’nai Brak or settlements such as Ariel and Kiryat Arba were included in this book. Recommended for public libraries. Elaine R. Sherer, formerly with Massachusetts Bay Community College Library, Wellesley; reviewed for the School Library Journal.

Citation: Sichrovsky, Peter.

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Afghan Caravan (1991)

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Recommended because it is the telling of history rich in adventure, tradition and wisdom. How did this third world country come to win three wars against the British Empire and precipitate the breakup of the Soviet Union, the superpower? Here is a collection of writings that takes the reader on a spellbinding journey through narratives from a Pathan princess, heroic stories, Mulla Nasrudin (Joha in the Arab World) jokes, recipes and more. Revealed is a magnificent culture, hidden from the history books, contributing to the human story in ways most Westerners are never aware of. Outside of our geographic area (Arab World) but within the context of the world of Islam. A valuable tool for incorporating the culture of the new wave of Middle Eastern immigrants — our Afghan students and their families. Recommended for 7th-12th Grades, Social Studies. Ordering information available on the AWAIR ordering site. Reviewed by AWAIR.

Citation: Shah, Safia.

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Afghan Web

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it is the best site available for accurate information on the history and ethnic groups of Afghanistan. This site provides the most accurate historical information, the material is presented towards middle and high school students, the site is updated daily so the links always work. Start by clicking the link titled History. This link includes information not generally found on the web and would be difficult to find at the library. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

Afghanistan – washingtonpost.com

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Recommended because it provides basic information on the US’s continuing involvement in Afghanistan, the new Afghan government and other general information. Strengths of this site – information is concise and brief, excellent map, and good for classroom use. Be aware of the fact that the site does not go in depth in explanation and Washington Post articles are at a higher reading level than most K-12 grades. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

Afghanistan Today – Time On Assignment Special

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Recommended because it provides the latest information on the rebuilding of Afghanistan. Strengths of this site – easy to read articles that can be used in the Middle and High School classroom and excellent photographs that are good for web classroom use. Be aware of the fact that there is not much information other than photographs. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

Afghanistan Unveiled (2003)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it was filmed by the first ever team of women video journalists trained in Afghanistan. This rare and uncompromising film explores the effects of the Talibans repressive rule and recent U.S. military campaign on Afghani women. None of the fourteen journalist trainees had ever traveled outside Kabul. Except for one, none had been able to study or pursue careers while the Taliban controlled their country.
Leaving Kabul behind for the more rural regions of the country, the filmmakers present heartbreaking footage of Hazara women whose lives have been decimated by recent events. With little food and no water or electricity, these women have been left to live in caves and fend for themselves, abandoned in the wake of the U.S. campaign. While committed to revealing such tragedies to the world, the filmmakers also manage to find moving examples of hope for the future. A poetic journey of self-discovery, Afghanistan Unveiled is a revelatory and profound reminder of the independent medias power to bear witness and reveal truth. Directed by Brigitte Brault and Aina Women Filming Group. This film can be found at http://www.wmm.com/beyondtheveil/

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Afghanistan’s Endless War (2001)

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Recommended because this book contains information that explains the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Be aware that it is written from a Pakistani perspective, but has useful maps and good content. Can be used in the upper level high school classroom. Available from the Middle East Studies Center Resource Library, contact Mary Beth Benecke for ordering information. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

Citation: Goodson, Larry.

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Afghanistan: A Short History of Its People and Politics (2002 )

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Recommended because it provides a brief history and political analysis of Afghanistan. It is not written in academic language and can be used in the upper-level high school classroom as a text book. Photo section is descriptive and has explanations of dress and cultural ties. Available through The Ohio State University Libraries or any book seller. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

<Citation: Ewans, Martin.

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Afghanistan: Captives of the Warlords (2000, CBC)

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Recommended because it focuses on Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. Canadian Broadcasting Company journalist Arthur Kent has covered that war-ravaged country since 1988 when the Soviet army battled the mujaheddin and went to an inglorious defeat. This film was produced in 2000 and updated in September 2001 (before the U.S. bombed Afghanistan) when Kent dared to shoot with a hidden camera. Footage shot a decade ago shows a deeply troubled, poor country — but one in which the Afghans had their freedom, their culture, and their spirit. Under the extremist Taliban regime, the most repressive edicts had been issued: the playing of music was banned; women had to be heavily veiled and were not allowed in schools; adultery was punished by stoning, and theft by amputation. Not recommended for children. Available from the Middle East Studies Center Resource Library, contact Mary Beth Benecke for ordering information. Review by Jennifer Nichols, 05/2002 and Publisher.

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Afghanistan: The Lost Truth (2003)

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Recommended because Iranian filmmaker Yassamin Maleknasr takes an unprecedented journey across Afghanistan from Herat to Balkh, becoming the only woman and filmmaker to have traveled such distances since the fall of the Taliban. Despite the turmoil and suffering they have endured, the women, men and children she encounters have heroically held on to their hopes for the future. Maleknasrs survey is thoughtful and diverse, ranging from rural families who dream of steady employment and peace, to proud female medical students who aspire to serve their country. Extraordinary interviews include a frank discussion about Taliban repression with one of the countrys only women judges, and an emotional conversation with filmmaker Siddiq Barmak, director of the Afghani feature Osama, describing the regimes senseless destruction of countless films and works of art. Exquisite camerawork throughout captures subtle facial expressions, architectural grandeur and a landscape of disarming beauty, painting a vivid portrait of both the Afghani people and their country. The film is a remarkable tribute to a people in search of equilibrium and determined to rebuild their beloved nation, and a fascinating look at Afghanistan from an Iranian perspective. This film can be found at http://www.wmm.com/beyondtheveil/

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Afghanistan: The Untold Story of a Land and Its People (2001, National Geographic)

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Recommended because National Geographic goes deep into Afghanistan to bring back a vivid portrait of the tumultuous country that is no longer accessible to journalists and filmmakers. Features in-depth interviews with the late Afghan resistance leader Ahmad Shah Massoud, who was assassinated two days before the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States. Includes exclusive interviews with Taliban soldiers being held by the Northern alliance. Looks a refugees who speak plainly of their suffering from the effects of Taliban rule and the decrees that are especially harsh for women. Recommended for middle and high school students studying Afghanistan or the attacks of September 11. Available from the Middle East Studies Center Resource Library, contact Mary Beth Benecke for ordering information. Reviewed by Publisher.

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Ain al-Yaqeen

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it is a primary resource for teachers and educators for insight into the Gulf Arab states such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain. Site is an online magazine with articles and pictures. Strengths of this site include availability in English as well as Arabic, authentic content materials, and all the articles are archived by date. Be aware of the fact that the material in this site reflects the opinions and views mainly of the Saudi Royal family and its supporters. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

Al-Awda (The Palestinian Right to Return Coalition)

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Recommended because it is a primary resource on Palestinians inside and outside of the U.S. and their refugee status. Strengths of this site include current information on refugees and news stories from within Palestinian territories, excellent primary source with views and information reflecting those of the Palestinian people (as opposed to Palestinian government or the Israeli government), other information on Awda and its activities can be found in the Articles section, information on Media resources are available. Recommended for K-12 teachers developing a unit on the Arab World or Palestine or Refugees. Be aware of the fact that only the Palestinian point of view is represented. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 05/2002.

Al-Ayyam Newspaper (Arabic only)

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Recommended because it is a primary resource for news and information on Palestinian communities and refugees inside and outside of the Palestinian territories. Strengths of this site include the quality of the information provided, all articles are archived and maintained up to three months, and the information is well organized. Be aware of Please be aware that this site is in Arabic only and due to the way it was designed it takes a while to load the pages. This site will be most useful for instructors of Arabic. Also, some information may be biased, but is an alternative to the mainstream American media on the Palestinian situation in the occupied territories. The articles are available as PDF files, and one must have Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to retrieve them. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 05/2002.

Al-Funun (Arabic)

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Recommended because it is useful for studying the history of Arabs in America and Arabic literary movement in the United States. Start by reading one of the past issues of the journal which address issues with which early Arab-American populations dealt. Strengths of site: Educators can use the material in high-school classrooms or they can use this site if producing a unit about Arab-Americans and their historical role in the United States. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 05/2002.

AlefBet on the Net

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Recommended because of its usefulness for K-12 language teachers as an introduction to the Hebrew language. Also recommended for teachers of Hebrew for lesson plan ideas and online classroom activities. Strengths of this site include information and introduction to the Hebrew alphabet and Hebrew language, material is presented in clear, concise manner. Start by examining the Hebrew language tutorials. Be aware of the fact that there is not yet sound integrated so that one may hear what the vocabulary or phrases sound like. The resource was originally recommended by the University of Oregon. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

Alia’s Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it received the 2005 Middle East Book award by the Middle East Outreach Council. Start by reading the Amazon.com review.

Citation: Mark Alan Stamaty Knopf Books for Young Readers (December 14, 2004)

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All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror

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Recommended because the text provides a full account of the overthrow of a Middle Eastern government in Iran by the United States. Reconstructs the events of August 1953 in an hour-by-hour account. Draws on research in the United States and Iran, and uses material from a long-secret CIA report. Explains the background of the coup and how it was carried out. (From the Publisher). Recommended for background information and primary source material on the U.S. involvement in Iran before the coup. Has detailed information that can be used in the high school classroom and can be used to set the context of current events in the Middle East. This resource was originally recommended by the Ohio State University. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

Citation: Stephen Kinzer;

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Alliance or Compliance? Analyzing Power Relationships Inside and Outside Afghanistan

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this lesson (designed for grades 6-8 and 9-12) asks important questions about the US involvement in the war against terrorism in Afghanistan. Be aware that this lesson plan asks students to think critically about US involvement in Afghanistan, especially its collaboration witht the Northern Alliance against the Taliban. The authors of the lesson plan clearly see US involvement in Afghanistan as part of a pattern in history of the US government allying with dictatorial regimes in order to combat other regimes that are seen as a bigger threat to American interests. The primary source material included in this site is a New York Times article entitled, “Alliance of Convenience.” Produced by the New York Times Learning Network, 2001. Reviewed by Bill Wolf, April 2002, updated July 2003. Start by reading the primary source material for this lesson which is a New York Times article entitled, “Alliance of Convenience.”Be aware of the fact that this lesson plan asks students to think critically about US involvement in Afghanistan, especially its collaboration with the Northern Alliance against the Taliban. The authors of the lesson plan clearly see US involvement in Afghanistan as part of a pattern in history of the US government allying with dictatorial regimes in order to combat other regimes that are seen as a bigger threat to American interests. Produced by the New York Times Learning Network, 2001.

American Forum on Global Education: National Interests and Global Security: The Case of Iraq

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Recommended because of its suitability for middle and high school level educators. This is a PDF file which can be downloaded (with Adobe Acrobat) and used as a handout in class in Iraq. Topics include: government, political situation (be aware that this is now outdated), maps, topography and geography. Also included is a list of background resources. This is an excellent reference guide which can be used in the classroom or used as a basis for lesson plan and teaching unit development. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 04/2003.

American Research Center in Egypt

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Recommended because of its information on ancient Egyptian history and the most recent archeological studies on the Egyptian empire. Strengths of this site include its extensive listing of the organization’s publications and the list of web links (endorsed by the Egyptian Archeological Society). Be aware of the fact that many of these resources are academic and my not be appropriate for the K-12 classroom. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

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Recommended because it is a primary source for teachers on information about Arab-Americans and their communities in the United States. Strengths of this site include an Education Department which focuses on teaching about Arab History and Culture in the classroom, lists of resources for teachers, up-to-date information on current socio-political issues inside and outside of the U.S. Start by clicking on Education where you will find lesson plans on Stereotypes, Discrimination in the Workplace, Islam, and Arab Culture and Society. Be aware of the fact that there is much information on the site and may not be suitable for elementary and high school levels, some information may reflect the opinions of the Arab-American political community, but is an excellent resource for teachers. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

American-Turkish Council

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Recommended because of its information on Turkish heritage groups inside the United States and their business affiliations. Strengths of this site — good Calendar of Events listing of activities with the Turkish community, comprehensive membership list of business owned and operated inside and outside of Turkey. Be aware of the fact that this site may be of interest for teachers developing a teaching unit on world economics, but not much more information is available from this site. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 06/2002.

Amoo Norooz: And Other Persian Stories (2000) (Persian)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because Amoo Norooz is the story of the coming of the Persian new year, Norooz, which begins on the twenty-first of March, the first day of spring. Norooz is celebrated in Iran (Persia), Afghanistan, countires around the Persian Gulf, Turkey, parts of China, among the Parsi’s in India, and some former Soviet Republics such as Tajikistan, Uzbakistan, and Azerbaijan, to name a few. Like Santa Clause, who symbolizes Christmas and New Year for the Christians, Amoo Norooz is the symbol of the New Year for the Persians and those nations who have been influenced by the Persian civilization throughout history. This is one of the oldest tales passed down from generation to generation, keeping the tradition of Persian New Year alive. Because of the importance of this story, the publisher decided to print it in a bilingual, English-Persian, format. Reviewed by Publisher.

Citation: Jabbari, Ahmad.

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An Account of the Kingdom of Caubul (1815)

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Recommended because it is the first real travel account of Afghanistan written by a westerner in late 19th century, pre-colonial Afghanistan. Excellent descriptions of peoples, their languages, geography, tribal affiliations and pre-state Afghanistan’s relations with neighboring India. Be aware of the fact that it is not easy to read as the spelling is much different than what we use today and may not be easily incorporated into a middle or high school classroom. May be useful as a reference for teachers or in excerpt form. Available through The Ohio State University Libraries. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

Citation: Elphinstone, Mountserat.

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An Internet Guide to Chabad Literature and Culture

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its usefulness for teachers and educators in developing a teaching unit on Orthodox Judaism. Site is geared mainly for other Orthodox Jews. Strengths of this site include — specific selections of the Torah in short and long form, good examples of Jewish art, excellent primary resource — interesting. This resource was originally recommended by the University of Texas. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

Arab Film Distribution

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because of its listing of all films made in or about the Middle East (including Iran and Turkey). Strengths of this site – all films have detailed descriptions, all films can be ordered and purchased online, this is the most credible vendor for buying and selling films from and about the Middle East. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 05/2002.

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Arab Gateway (Arabic)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it is an introductory site for Arabic literature, poetry and folk literature. Strengths of this site: The poetry section has translated poems from the original Arabic with descriptions and brief analyses. Start by reviewing the language link in order to better understand the structure of ancient Arabic poetry and prose. Be aware of the chronology. The pre-Islamic era means before 622.

Arab Gateway — Maps of the Arab World

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Recommended because it is a good resource for K-12 social studies teachers for classroom use. Strengths of this site — maps of every Arab country are available features different items such as population, political boundaries, and satellite maps. Site is very easy to navigate. Be aware of the fact that some of the maps may be out of date by several years and some maps are large and take abnormal amount of time to load. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

Arab Net

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Recommended because it is a good resource for K-12 teachers as a primary resource that can be used in the classroom, because it provides comprehensive information on the Arab world. Strengths of this site include — country data on all 22 Arab countries with information such as Flags, national anthems, population and geography, daily Arabic newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat in Arabic (good primary source), Arab News Daily is another primary source but is offered in English, directory of country websites with information ranging from tourism to NGO operations in the Arab world (all primary source information), and at the bottom of the homepage is a directory of Arab-based companies with links to their sites (good information for economic research. Be aware of the fact that some of the news and information reflects the opinions of the web. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

Arab Social Science Roundtable

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Recommended because of its vast web resources and information on 22 Arab nations.  Start by searching links to individual nations in left menu bar.  Navigating these links will present research centers, information centers, think tanks, and other entities providing peer-reviewed research about the Arab world.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Arab World and Islamic Resources

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Recommended because this is an excellent resource specifically for teachers and educators who want to use authentic Arab literary sources in the classroom. The books from this site are all found in libraries across the United States. This site is strongly recommended for all classrooms. Students are encouraged to begin with the literary page and read the reviews for more information. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols 05/2002.

Arab World Studies Notebook (1998)

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Recommended because of its extensive resources and information on Muslims and the Arab World. Topics and materials include Introduction, Islam, Q’uran, Ramadan, Hajj, Muslims World wide, Jerusalem, Arab Christians, Women, Education, Family, Food, Language, Literature, Folktales, Music, Art & Architecture, Archaeology, Contributions, Al-Andalus, Colonial Legacy, The U.S. and Arab World, Oil, Gulf War, Question of Palestine, Arabs in America, and Country Profiles. Available for purchase through AWAIR at http://www.telegraphave.com/gui/awairproductinfo.html. Also available for loan to central Ohio teachers at OSU Middle Eastern Studies Center. The University of Texas also loans out the Notebook. (See Overview-Centers for more information.) Be aware of the outdated material and references in the book.

Citation: Audrey Shabbas. AWAIR: Arab World and Islamic Resources and School Services and Middle East Policy Council. 513 pages. $49.95.

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Arabia Line

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its information on the Arab Diaspora in England. Site will be of interest to teachers with Arab-Americans in the classroom. Strengths of this site include information on current events in the Arab world, Arab-run businesses, information on contacting Islamic and other religious and community centers and education resources for Arab parents. Be aware of the fact that this is a commercial site, there is a lot of advertising and some of the information is culturally biased, but is a good primary source. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

ARG

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Recommended because of its list of links on current information on Afghanistan. The site is easy to navigate and has links that work. Strengths of this site – good resource for alternative viewpoints and the links are updated regularly. Links of particular interest are Eldis Information on Afghanistan, Institute of War and Peace, and RAWA, under Links to other Internet Resources. Start by looking over the links under the title “Institutes and Societies working on Afghanistan” at the bottom of the Links to other Internet Resources page. Be aware of the fact that some of the links open pages with many pop-up advertisements. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003. Melek Oyman Last Modified: 19/07/2004

Asian History on File (1995)

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Recommended because for Students, teachers, scholars, and general readers, this wide-ranging resource provides over 1000 reproducible maps, charts, timelines, and drawings. Asian History and culture from ancient times to the present are covered in five main sections: Prehistoric South Asia (the subcontinent); China; Japan and Korea; and Southeast Asia. A comprehensive matrix table of contents offers multiple entry points for fast and independent chronological, topical, or geographical searches. Printed on durable card stock, pages feature fine details and easy-to-read lettering for making clearly visible photocopies. Recommended for grades 7 and up. Reviewed in UCLA Center for East Asian Studies Curriculum Resources http://www.isop.ucla.edu/eas/web/curric-web.htm Available from Social Studies School Services ($165): http://socialstudies.com

Citation: The Diagram Group. New York: Facts on File ($185.00)

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Attan, the Afghan National Dance

Posted by: globaledadmin on Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Recommended because it demonstrates the Afghan national dance. Attan is a Pashto word. Go to Youtube to find several different recordings of it online, including the version for women. No wedding is complete without it – almost every Afghan knows how to do it. Source: Alam Payind, Director, Middle East Studies Center, the Ohio State University. Be aware of the dance starting with a low tempo, steadily growing faster, and ending with vigorous movements.

AWAIR – Arab World and Islamic Resources

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its usefulness for K-12 teachers looking for resources on the Arab and Islamic world. Strengths of this site — guides available for teachers to use in the classroom on teaching about the Arab world, lesson plans and workshops, literature suggestions for use in the K-12 classroom. Start by clicking on shopping to view all the resources (books, vidoes, etc.) available. Be aware of the fact that it takes up to 12 weeks to receive products ordered from this site. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

Ayasophia. (199?, 26 minutes)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because of its information on Ayasofia in Istanbul. Topics and materials: A visit to Ayasofia includes a historical overview of this great monument completed in 537 for the Emperor Justinian as a church, and converted to a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453. Explores the treasures and tales of the spectacular building in Istanbul, now a museum whose gardens house the largest Ottoman royal tombs, containing the bodies of a number of sultans and princes. Directed by Suha Arin for MTV-Istanbul. Recommended for middle and high school students. Available to teachers in the tri-state area through the Hagop Kevorkian Center at NYU. This video is also available through the University of Arizona. (See Overview-Centers for more information.) Reviewed by Hagop Kevorkian Center, NYU 4/25/02.

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Baba (The Father) (1973, 95 minutes)

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Recommended because it is one of the well-known films by director Yilmaz Guney. Yilmaz Guney (Yol) directed this important Turkish film about a desperately poor boatman who agrees to frame himself for a murder so that, in return, his family will receive financial assistance. But after 24 years at hard labor, he discovers that his sacrifice has been in vain; his daughter has become a prostitute and his son is one of the murderer’s henchmen. A powerful, tragic film. Reviewed byArab Film Distribution, all ordering information available for www.arabfilm.com. Fiction.

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Babel.com for Arabic

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Recommended because of its usefulness for teachers and educators that want a very basic understanding of the Arabic language. Strengths of this site include lessons in Arabic which can be used in the classroom, easy to navigate, excellent language resource, good introduction to the Arabic language. Be aware of the fact that computers must have sound and fast connection speed to utilize the lesson plans. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

BADIL: Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights

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Recommended because for use by K-12 educators as a primary resource on Palestinian refugees and their situation inside and outside of the Arab world. Strengths of this site – available in Arabic and English, excellent summary of the Palestinian situation in non-academic language (recommended for Middle and High School classroom use), good overview of advocacy programs operating inside and outside of the Middle East, highlights of International law available in concise language, and publications available for free online.

Barnga: A Simulation Game on Cultural Clashes. (1990).

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Recommended because Barnga is a simulation card game which simulates real-life cultural encounters involving differing perspectives on seemingly similar cultural experiences. Players encounter mini-culture shocks which must be overcome and reconciled with other players without speaking. The handbook provides debriefing instructions, rules for preparing, conducting, and facilitating Barnga sessions, and various options for using Barnga in cross-cultural settings. Participant instructions are in English, French, and Spanish. The handbook is recommended for adults and adult learning/work settings, however the simulations can be adapted to P-12 students.

Citation: Thiagarajan, Sivasailam. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press. (Available from Intercultural Press, Inc. http://interculturalpress.com ($29.95).

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Bat Shalom of the Jerusalem Link (Harvard)

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Recommended because its Israeli feminist peace organization with focus on peaceful coexistence of Palestine and Israel, with the main goal of sharing Jerusalem as a capital. Topics and materials include Ongoing Activities, Upcoming Events, various articles about issues of Jerusalem. This is a good site to visit to see what the women of Israel are doing about working towards peace. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/18/02. Revised by Jennifer Nichols, 04/2003 This resource originally recommended by Harvard University.

BBC – InDepth Iran

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Recommended because of its information on modern Iran and social issues surrounding current religious and economic reforms there. Start by reading the excellent articles on Women’s issues, the role of Iranian youth, and issues of democracy within Iran.

BBC News Archive: Israel and the Palestinians

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Recommended because of its usefulness for teachers and educators conducting research on the recent history of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Strengths of this site — complete and up-to-date information on the conflict, excellent timeline of events, special interest articles include information Israeli/Jewish Bedouins and other information not normally found in the American press. Start by reviewing the Timeline for important dates in Middle East history. Information is presented in an even and unbiased manner. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 06/2002.

Behind the Veil (2001, Films for Sciences & Humanities)

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Recommended because of its focus on human rights abuses in Taliban ruled Afghanistan. For women living in Afghanistan under repressive Taliban rule, beatings, rape, and enslavement are commonplace occurrences. This gripping program describes the massive human rights abuses that have been escalating since the withdrawal of Soviet forces, as seen through the eyes of women who have survived years of rampant gender and religious intolerance — so far. Resistance activities carried out by women’s groups inside the country are also documented, as they fight for freedom and democracy. Some content may be objectionable. Not recommended for children. Available from the Middle East Studies Center Resource Library, contact Mary Beth Benecke for ordering information. Reviewed by Publisher.

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Bethlehem Bible College

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Recommended because it is a primary source on the Christian Palestinian population in Palestine. Strengths of this site — good introduction to a population of Palestinians not often mentioned in the American media and an excellent reference for breaking Middle Eastern stereotypes. Be aware of the fact that some information may be out of date. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 05/2002.

Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of a Thousand Years of Artistic Life in Russia

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Recommended because Recommended as a highly readable account of the entire sweep of Russian literature and the fine arts which is accessible to the non-specialist. Available from Amazon.com as a used book, both in hardback and paperback editions at different prices. Reviewed by Bill Wolf, May 2002; updated August 2003.

Citation: W. Bruce Lincoln, Viking Penguin (1998)

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Between the Lines (1996, 30 minutes)

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Recommended because of its discussion of western views of Iranians. Topics and materials: As the film’s narrator explains, it tries to present “a more objective delineation” of Iran and Iranians, a worthy subject considering the typical American media images of the country in the nearly two decades following the revolution. The presentation is a bit stilted and amateurish, but the topic is important and the production an earnest one. This video addresses in particular the film Not Without My Daughter (1990), a TV movie based on the true story of a American woman who returns with her Iranian husband to post-revolutionary Iran, and is prevented by Islamic laws from leaving the country with her daughter. Includes comments by scholars, writers, and women married to Iranian men who have chosen to live in Iran, though no Iranians are interviewed. A platform for discussion on how media — especially non “news” programs like movies –shape our perception of other cultures and peoples. [AGF] Provided by the Iranian Mission to the UN (no director listed). Recommended for middle and high school students. Available to teachers in the tri-state area through the Hagop Kevorkian Center at NYU (See Overview-Centers for more information.) Reviewed by Hagop Kevorkian Center, NYU 4/25/02.

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Beyond the Walls (1984, 103 minutes)

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Recommended because it is about Jewish and Arab prisoners, locked up together in a central prison, decide to join forces despite their differences. When innocent people are framed for the murder of a Jewish prisoner and a young inmate commits suicide rather than lie about what happened, Uri and Issan form an unlikely partnership to take action with the prison officials. In the background are Uri’s daughter and Issan’s wife, women of beauty and passion who illuminate the distance from inside a prison cell to outside. It was an Oscar nominee. Fiction. Directed by Uri Barabash (Rated R). Reviewed by the Israeli Film Society.

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Birzeit University in Palestine

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Recommended because of its information on the higher education system in Palestine. As one of the most educated Arab populations in the Middle East, there are a number of well respected Palestinian universities located in the territories of Palestine. Start by looking over the University Overview to get an idea of what the strengths of the college are. Strengths of this site — information the institution, clearly defined University/educational mission without biased analysis, and very easy to navigate. Excellent resource for educators and teachers developing teaching units on global education, dealing with stereotypes, and learning about Palestine outside of the conflict. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 05/2002.

bitterlemons.org – Palestinian-Israeli Crossfire

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Recommended because of its focus on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. In this site, each week’s edition has a theme such as Human Rights and the Conflict. Each theme is addressed by 2 articles written by Palestinians and 2 by Israelis. It is possible to review the previous themes by clicking on Archives. Also,bitterlemons-international.org can be accessed, but does not provide the Israeli viewpoint.

Blockade: The Silent War Against Iraq (20 Minutes)

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Recommended because of its information on how the embargo effects the people of Iraq. Topics and materials: Chronicles the daily economic and health struggles of the Iraqi people caused by the U.S./U.N. embargo. Very good at showing the truly innocent sufferers in the war between Iraq and the United States. Grades 9 and up. Available for loan through the University of Utah. (See Overview-Centers for more information.) Reviewed by the Middle East Center at the University of Utah, 4/29/02.

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Bloodlines: From Ethnic Pride to Ethnic Terrorism

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Recommended because the author is world-renown psychiatrist who specializes in international relations. In this book, he explores ethnic violence by examining history and diplomacy from a psychoanalytic perspective. He examines the psychological impact of those who use the Battle of Kosovo as a rallying cry for ethnic warfare. He examines numerous other battlegrounds throughout the Middle East, Russia, Turkey, Cyprus, the Baltics, and the Balkans using the same approach. This book is appropriate for students grades 10-12.

Citation: Volkan, Vamik D. Westview Press ISBN 0813390389

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Brit Tzedek v’Shalom – Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace

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Recommended because it focuses on efforts to build support for the fundamental principles of joint negotiations and a two-state solution. Here you can find information about Brit Tdezek, its activities and the Geneva Campaign. Start by reviewing Educational Resources for articles on current event and topics of special interest. Be aware of the fact that these article are from various newspaper and may be suitable for high school student for research.

Cairo Station (74 minutes)

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Recommended because ,in this beautiful classic film, Cairo’s main railroad station is used to represent all of Egyptian society. Directed by Youssef Chahine. We see a community comprised of luggage carriers and soft-drink vendors living in abandoned train cars. A crippled newspaper dealer, Kinawi (Chahine himself), falls in love with the beautiful but indifferent Hanuma, a lemonade seller who only has eyes for the handsome Abu Sri’. Swept away by his obsessive desire, Kinawi kidnaps the object of his passion, with terrible consequences. Chahine received international recognition when this masterpiece of sexuality, repression, madness and violence among society’s marginalized played at the Berlin Film Festival. Reviewed by Arab Film Distribution.

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Calligraphy – Islamic Clip Art

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Recommended because the samples of calligraphy are available for educational use and the site helps in teaching about Arabic calligraphy, its various forms, meanings, and styles.

Chahinaz: What Rights for Women? (Algeria) 2007

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Recommended because it provides the perspective of a young women on women’s rights within the context of her society and culture in Algeria, and provides a comparison to women’s views in other countries. It humanizes Muslim women and shows the variety of political stances they take as well as the reasons behind them.

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Choices Educational Institute – Crisis with Iraq (Washington Institute)

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Recommended because of its usefulness for K-12 educators looking for resources on teaching about Iraq. Strengths of this site — lesson plans for the high school classroom, lists of related topics and a resource list (some of which are found in this module. Start by browsing the various topics and lessons available from the Choices program. Be aware of the fact that Crisis With Iraq was posted by the Choices Program for use prior to the war with Iraq. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 03/2003.

Chronicle of a Disappearance (1996, 88 minutes)

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Recommended because it focuses on the personal struggle of Palestinians. What does it mean to be Palestinian in the second half of the twentieth century? Filmmaker Elia Suleiman was born in Nazareth in 1960, well after the establishment in 1948 of the state of Israel in historic Palestine. After twelve years of self-imposed exile, living in New York, Suleiman returns to the land of his birth in an attempt to find his roots. Chronicle of a Disappearance does not take a position on the political impasse of the Middle East. Rather, the film is a personal meditation upon the spiritual effect of political instability on the Palestinian people, their psyche, and their identity. As such, it is an invaluable contribution ot the struggle for peace in the region. Reviewed by Arab Film Distribution.

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Contemporary Turkish Literature (Bogazici University)

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Recommended because it is a comprehensive site listing every contemporary Turkish writer and poet. Strengths of this site: samples of works are provided, very easy to navigate, pictures of works and authors available, literary analysis available for some authors, translators of works are also listed. Be aware of the fact that one should be familiar with some basic background in Turkish literature, but not much background is needed. Excellent resource for teachers and educators looking for books to use in courses at the middle and high school levels. This resource was originally recommended by Bogazici University. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 05/2002.

Contemporary Turkish Literature: Fiction and Poetry (1982)

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Recommended because this book is divided equally between prose and poetry selections. The introduction gives good background and context to modern Turkish literature from the Ottoman period to today. Recommended for teachers and educators as background to developing a teaching unit on Turkish literature or world cultures. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 05/2002.

Citation: Halman, Talaat.

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Council for the Advancement of British-Arab Understanding

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Recommended because of its information on the Arab Diaspora in Britain and Europe. Site’s strengths — information on British relations with Arab countries, links to information on organization’s publications, extensive resource listing and easy to navigate. Be aware of the fact that information on this may be biased and may reflect views not held by the developers or teachers of this course. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

Count Your Way through Israel (1992)

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Recommended because it is a social studies book in counting-book format that shows readers how to count from one to ten in Hebrew. Recommended for grades 2 to 4. Its primary purpose, however, is to teach about the land, agricultural and manufactured products, history, holidays, symbols, fauna, and peoples of Israel. Children will be more apt to remember this information because of the mnemonic device of numbers, e.g., the number three ( shah-losh ) is illustrated by Jerusalem’s importance to three religions. All are quite logical. A pronunciation guide (Hebrew letters and transliteration) for numbers one through ten appears on the last page. Hanson’s bright watercolor borders and realistic illustrations are appealing. No other book on Israel for this age level is equal to this one. It most resembles a World Book Encyclopedia article adapted for lower elementary grades. Reviewed by Marcia Posner, Federation of New York and the Jewish Book Council, New York City.

Citation: Haskins, James.

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Country Watch

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Recommended because this site is an information provider for schools, universities, libraries and individuals who need up-to-date information and news on the countries of the world. Topics and materials included in this site are country, political, economic, social, and environmental overview information about countries around the world, curriculum, interesting facts, statistical database, thematic and physical maps, global news, and more. Start by logging in and going to “Countrywatch.com@school” since it offers curriculum materials including lesson plans and course outlines for using CountryWatch in geography and social studies courses. Be aware of the fact that if you want larger maps, you need to be a subscriber in order to get username and password (Here is a list of options to be a subscriber).

Current Events Lesson Plan

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Recommended because it provides a lesson plan on Prospects for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict for high school level students. The resource provides objectives, materials, background, procedures, activity and assessment, related web sites,and related standards.

Darat Al-Funun: Home for the Arts and Artists of the Arab World

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Recommended because of its information on the arts and culture of Jordan and the rest of the Arab world. Site’s strengths — information on classical and modern artists exhibiting in Jordan, virtual tour of the museum is available, links to other internet accessible Arab art museums, and an archive of previously exhibited collections with their information. Start by reviewing the Concept page to learn about the origin of the Darat Al-Funun and its purpose of offering its information on the web. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

Daughter of Damascus (1994)

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Recommended because it is a personal account of a Syrian woman’s youth in the Suq Saruja (old city) of Damascus in the first half of this century. Author Tergeman wrote the original memoir in Arabic to preserve the details of a genuine Arab past for Syrian young people and to help them appreciate the architecture of the old quarter with its reminders of earlier values. It is impressive how a cultural “insider” could so unerringly pick out details of her own society in such a way as to convey the uniqueness of its flavor to an outside reader. Attesting to its authenticity, in Arabic it became a book passed on hand to hand by Syrians who found in it an echo of their own attachments to their city and the memories of their past. Ideal for students wanting to understand what it is/was like to be a Syrian Muslim female growing up in this century. Also contains a valuable foreword by Rugh and appendices listing peddler’s calls and proverbs. Recommended for 7th-12th Grades. Available through AWAIR or available from the Middle East Studies Center Resource Library, contact Mary Beth Benecke for ordering information. Reviewed by AWAIR.

Citation: Tergeman, Siham, translated by Andrea Rugh.

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Democracy Network of Iran, DNI

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Recommended because of its information on democracy in Iran. Topics and materials include news, charter, archive, declaration, and conferences. Be aware of the fact that this sites activities were ceased on November 2001, for reasons unknown. This resource was originally recommended by UCLA. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

Discover Islamic Art

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Recommended because it provides examples of Islamic art from nearly every era and region. The online museum provides high resolution photo of each object which can be increased in size, magnified and rotated for a very close inspection. Start by browsing the online museum: http://www.discoverislamicart.org/pc_home.php?theme=ISL

Discovery Center Israel and Palestine: the Roots of Conflict

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Recommended because it offers an excellent lesson plan for grades 9-12 with questions for discussion and links to news articles. Start by reading the recommended aticles or using your own and then adapting the lesson plan accordingly.

Dreaming a Nation: The Kurds (1994, 50 minutes)

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Recommended because of its information on the Kurds. The researcher for this film is Sheri Laizer, author of Into Kurdistan: Frontiers Under Fire (Zed Books, 1991), which is part travelogue and part political commentary. The film has mainly been shot in the Iraqi and Turkish parts of Kurdistan and contains interviews with politicians as well as lay Kurds from parts of Iraqi, Turkish and Iranian Kurdistan. The film addresses how Kurds have managed to survive for more than four millennia, especially during nationalist clashes in recent decades (with Turkey and Iraq). Includes footage of the fledgling democracy in the de facto Kurdish state in northern Iraq and a few graphic scenes of the 1988 gas massacre in the Kurdish town of Halabja. There is rare footage of the training grounds for female fighters of the Kurdish Workers Party, which seeks a “socialist, feminist and secular Kurdistan.” [AF] Produced by Films for the Humanities. Recommended for high school students. Available to teachers in the tri-state area through the Hagop Kevorkian Center at NYU (See Overview-Centers for more information.) Reviewed by Hagop Kevorkian Center, NYU 4/25/02.

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Dreams of Justice and Freedom with Hana Ashrawi (1995, 53 minutes)

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Recommended because ,in an extended interview rich with archival footage, Hanan Ashrawi tackles the issues at the heart of her people’s fight for a homeland. With compassion and eloquence, she calls for an end to the Israeli occupation on humanitarian rather than ideological grounds, and along with other voices, Palestinian and Israeli, she exposes the bitter divisiveness underlying the struggle for peace. Documentary. Directed by Christopher Swan. Reviewed by Arab Film Distribution.

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Dreams of Justice and Freedom with Hanan Ashrawi (1995) (Israeli/Palestinian Conflict)

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Recommended because it is an extended interview rich with archival footage. Hanan Ashrawi tackles the issues at the heart of her people’s fight for a homeland. With compassion and eloquence, she calls for an end to the Israeli occupation on humanitarian rather than ideological grounds, and along with other voices, Palestinian and Israeli, she exposes the bitter divisiveness underlying the struggle for peace. Directed by Christopher Swan. Documentary, 53 minutes. Reviewed by Arab Film Distribution.

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Economist Magazine – Israel Country Briefings

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Recommended because it is a great resource for basic economic facts and detailed, up-to-date articles on the Israeli economy and political situation. Start by reading the fact sheet of basic data, the most recent articles, and the forecast. The sections on the economic and political structure and political forces are excellent. Be aware of some very advanced content. Choose which section and articles to assign carefully.

EDSITEment

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Recommended because Recommended for teacher (K-12) materials on Iraq. Topics and materials include lesson plans such as: Daily Life in the Middle East, Oil and Water in the Middle East Region, Alike and Different: The Middle East and the United States, and other useful resources. Be aware of the fact that you will need to use the search engine,Search EdSitement, at the top of the home page to find information on the Iraq. This resource was originally recommended by the University of Texas. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/24/02; Revised by Jennifer Nichols, 02/2003.

Education for Peace in Iraq Center

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Recommended because of its alternative viewpoints and information on the ongoing Iraq crisis. Topics and materials include articles on various topics including politics and culture, war opponents, ‘Faces of Iraq’ photo gallery, and an overview of the humanitarian crisis in Iraq. The information contained on this site is an excellent resource for having class debates as well as presenting viewpoints other than those expressed in the general media. Be aware of the fact that the information is biased. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003. Melek Oyman Last Modified: 21/07/2004

Edward Said (1998, 40 minutes)

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Recommended because noted scholar Edward Said discusses his postcolonial theory and how it applies to modern culture, from politics to literature. He exposes the Western image of the East as an artificial construct that is still retained today. He discusses Palestine as a politically expedient construct of Europe; argues the right of Palestine to exist as an independent, self-governing nation; and traces the origins of European attitudes toward the Arab world through the literature of E.M. Forster, T.S. Eliot, Joseph Conrad, and Chinua Achebe. Documentary. Reviewed by Films for the Sciences and Humanities.

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Egyptian Cinderella

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Recommended because it tells the story of an Egyptian Cinderella. Appropriate for ages 4-8. The setting may be exotic and the glass slippers may have been replaced by leather ones with toes of rose-red gold, but this is a story no child could fail to recognize. Climo’s intriguing variation on the Cinderella tale is based on a combination of fact (there was indeed a Greek slave girl named Rhodopis who married the Pharaoh Amasis), and fable–in this case, Egyptian. A trio of uppity servant girls assume the roles of the wicked stepsisters, a kindly master serves as the fairy godmother (to provide the slippers) and a handsome pharoah steps in as Prince Charming. The foreign locale comes complete with lotus flowers, a hippo, a great falcon (symbol of the Egyptian sky god Horus) and, of course, the River Nile. Climo hits just the right note in her imaginative retelling of the fairy tale. The text is incorporated in the design of Heller’s stylized illustrations with their appropriately lush colors. Reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly. Be aware of the fact that this is not an authenic traditional Egyptian folktale but can be used to establish a link with cultures that might seem foreign to American children.

Citation: Climo, Shirley and Heller, Ruth (Illustrator) HarperCollins Children’s Books, 1991

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Electronic Literature Foundation (Arabic)

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Recommended because teachers and educators developing a teaching unit or lesson plan focusing on the Arabian Nights will find this to be very helpful. The stories are meant to be viewed online and have illustrations included. Start by reading the especially helpful article
by Professor Daniel Beaumont explaining the background and history of the Nights. Navigation through the tales is found on the left side of the page. Be aware of the fact that not all stories are recommended for all age groups due to content and subject matter; it is recommended to review the tales before presenting them in the classroom. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 05/2002.

Electronic Outreach re Africa, Latin America and the Middle East

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Many U.S. Title VI Centers for International and Area Studies are developing electronic databases for teachers. Scroll down this page to find several exciting new resources on Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Embassy of Israel – Washington D.C.

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Recommended because it provides the latest information on Israeli news from within Israel. Strengths of this site include links to Israeli cultural events, current events list is strongly recommended as primary source, and breaking news on terror against Israel. Information geared for the upper-level high school and college level, but can be used in the development of lesson plans on government, Global Education and Israeli culture. A new section of the site is primarily for Kids at the elementary age. Be aware of the fact that the information on this site reflects the opinions of the Israeli government. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

Embassy of the Republic of Turkey

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Recommended because it provides contact information as well as country profile, government and politics,business and economy, art and culture, and travel and tourism. 2525 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20008, Phone:(202)612-6700,Fax(202)612-6744, E-mail: contact@turkishembassy.org
Reviewed by H. Melek Oyman 5/27/04 Melek Oyman Last Modified: 28/07/2004

Emergence of Modern Turkey (2001)

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Recommended because well-known Middle East scholar and author, Bernard Lewis summarizes the modern legacy of Kemal Attaturk and explains the secular society under which modern Turkey operates. Recommended for grades 11 and 12. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 06/2002.

Citation: Lewis, Bernard.

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Encyclopaedia Iranica (Persian)

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Recommended because the Iranica Online is a searchable database of everything Iranian, classical and modern. Start by Of most interest is its index filled with literary figures and their biographies. Be aware of having the correct spellings of the authors’ names before searching for an item as incorrect spelling will yield. Iranica uses the Library of Congress standard of Farsi transliteration spelling guidelines. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 05/2002.

Energy Information Administration – US Government

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Recommended because of its basic statistics on Iraq. Topics and materials include statistical information such as population, land area, population density, GDP per capita, GDP at market, value of exports, value of petroleum, current account balance, proven crude oil reserves, proven natural gas reserves, crude oil production, marketed production of natural gas, refinery capacity, output of refined products, consumption of refined products, crude oil exports, exports of refined products, and natural gas exports. This resource was originally recommended by the University of Texas. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

Ethnologue: Iran

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Recommended because of its knowledge of languages in Iran. Topics and materials include spoken living languages, extinct languages, and deaf sign languages. Each language has a link to further information. Be aware of the fact that some of the materials is beyond the K-12 level but the information is good for background research. This resource was originally recommended by Columbia University. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

Ethnologue: Iraq

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Recommended because of its language and ethnic information within Iraq. Topics and materials include lists of spoken living languages with links to further information about each language and a printable language map as well as brief descriptions of the various ethnic groups found in Iraq today. Information is generally up-to-date and non-biased. Be aware of the fact that much of the information is useful for research purposes and may not be helpful for classroom use by itself. This resource was originally recommended by Harvard University. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

Exile from Exile: Israeli Writers from Iraq (1996) (Hebrew)

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Recommended because it focuses on writers of both fiction and nonfiction narrative who were among the Jews that migrated from Iraq to Israel in the early years of the country, 1948-51. After setting both the literary and Jewish contexts, examines issues of language within the narrative and external to it, the portrayal of the past in Iraq and the present in Israel, and the response to the writing. Reviewed by Booknews.

Citation: Berg, Nancy.

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Faith and the Intifada (1992)

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Recommended because it explores Palestinian liberation theology which is a movement among Palestinian Christians that seeks to make the Gospel of Jesus relevant, refreshing , and liberating to all those who are living under occupation or in the context of oppression, violence, discrimination, and human rights violations. In March 1990, an international conference was held at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute halfway between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, that placed Palestinian Liberation Theology in context with other Liberation Theologies from around the world. This volume contains the papers from that conference.

Citation: Ateek, Naim.

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Farsinet

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Recommended because it is a primary source material on Christian Iranians inside and outside of Iran and its alternative perspective on the Iranian community and culture. Topics and materials include arts & collectibles, business, city home pages, culture, entertainment, family matters, Farsi, history, literature, music, organizations, poetry, religion, services, and legal information. Start by looking over Art & Collectibles, History, and Music links. Be aware of Be aware this is a site for Christians and may contain some biased materials; also, some links do not work, but the site is updated frequently. This resource was originally recommended by the University of Texas. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003. Melek Oyman Last Modified: 20/07/2004

Fashion vs Islamism in Iran

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Recommended because it gives a look inside Iranian culture and shows how some women are resisting the hijab, or headcover, and others are helping the government to enforce it. Be aware of the fact that the site is mainly in Persian. Be aware that some violence depicted – this site is recommended only for teachers to gain knowledge and insight. Be aware of the viewpoint of the makers of the web site who are decidedly against the conservative religious point of view. Many women in Iran value cultural and religious traditions vis-avis gender roles and support the wearing of the hijab. For more on this topic, see the documentary “Shahrbanoo” which takes a close look at Iranian society and interviews the woman Shahrbanoo (available from the Middle East Studies Center’s lending library – 614-292-5897). In addition, “Rageh in Iran” provides insight in to Iranian society, including the situation of some specific women (free on line).

Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel & The Palestinians (1999)

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Recommended because this is a work on the Palestine-Israel conflict and the US role in it. Chomsky explores the nature and evolution of the relationship of Israel with the US as well as its impact on US policy in the region, with particular emphasis on the Palestine question. Chomsky argues that the special relationship has been determined primarily by the changing role that Israel occupied in the context of America’s changing conceptions of its political strategic interests in the Middle East. Israel is seen as a key component of the US global strategy. The author argues that US commitment to Israel military dominance militates against the adoption of an accommodationist attitude, which eliminates the possibility of a peaceful resolution. The Israeli invasion of Lebanon is also discussed. With a forward by Edward Said. Reviewed by Choice Index and the Publisher.

Citation: Chomsky, Noam.

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Favorite! Habibi (1999)

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Recommended because its an important first novel from a distinguished anthologist and poet. When Liyana’s doctor father, a native Palestinian, decides to move his contemporary Arab-American family back to Jerusalem from St. Louis, 14-year-old Liyana is unenthusiastic. Arriving in Jerusalem, the girl and her family are gathered in by their colorful, warmhearted Palestinian relatives and immersed in a culture where only tourists wear shorts and there is a prohibition against boy/girl relationships. When Liyana falls in love with Omer, a Jewish boy, she challenges family, culture, and tradition, but her homesickness fades. Constantly lurking in the background of the novel is violence between Palestinian and Jew. It builds from minor bureaucratic annoyances and humiliations, to the surprisingly shocking destruction of grandmother’s bathroom by Israeli soldiers, to a bomb set off in a Jewish marketplace by Palestinians. It exacts a reprisal in which Liyana’s friend is shot and her father jailed. Nye introduces readers to unforgettable characters. The setting is both sensory and tangible: from the grandmother’s village to a Bedouin camp. Above all, there is Jerusalem itself, where ancient tensions seep out of cracks and Liyana explores the streets practicing her Arabic vocabulary. Though the story begins at a leisurely pace, readers will be engaged by the characters, the romance, and the foreshadowed danger. Poetically imaged and leavened with humor, the story renders layered and complex history understandable through character and incident. Habibi succeeds in making the hope for peace compellingly personal and concrete … as long as individual citizens like Liyana’s grandmother Sitti can say, “I never lost my peace inside.” For grades 5 to 9. Reviewed by Kate McClelland, Perrot Memorial Library, for the School Library Journal.

Citation: Nye, Naomi Shihab.

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Favorite! Orientalism (1979)

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Recommended because ,while not strictly speaking anthropology, Said’s discussion of how “the Orient” was constructed by Westerners as an explanation of the nature of the West has had enormous influence on how people write about non-Western cultures. His book details the history of the academic discourse on the East and how its biased wording fed the roots of anti-Semitism and racism and European culture. He also concludes that it was this type of academic discourse that led to the expulsion of Jews from Western and Eastern Europe. Additionally, he concludes that this discourse continues contributes to the conflict in the Middle East. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 05/2002.

Citation: Said, Edward.

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Favorite! Samir and Yonatan (2000)

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Recommended because it is a story about fear, tolerance, and love between a Palestinian boy and Jewish children at a hospital. Samir, a Palestinian boy from the West Bank, needs an operation on a shattered knee and must spend time in a Jewish hospital in a room with four Jewish children ? Tsazi , Ludmilla, Razia, and Yonatan. Samir loves Ludmilla and privately says the three English sentences he knows as magic to break the spell he believes she is under, so she will awake and be well again. He is also drawn to Yonatan, who includes Samir in his quest for knowledge of the stars and planets and his computer-adventure game to Mars. He is afraid of Tsazi, however, and his soldier brother, but is later accepted in Tsazi’s escapades. Students unfamiliar with the conflict in Palestine will still understand the feelings of Samir, terrified and alone in a room with four strangers. But the background information will help them understand Samir’s life outside the hospital?the curfew, the constant fear of being shot, his barber father no longer having customers, and his younger brother dead from a Jewish soldier’s bullet. It is a story first of fear of the unknown, and then of tolerance and acceptance, as Samir learns to love these Jewish children as if they were his own siblings. 2000 (original 1994), Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, $15.95. Ages 12 to 15. Reviewed by Janet L. Rose.

Citation: Carmi, Daniella.

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Flag of Childhood: Poems from the Middle East

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Recommended because “in this stirring anthology of sixty poems from the Middle East, honored anthologist Naomi Shihab Nye welcomes us to this lush, vivid world and beckons us to explore. Eloquent pieces from Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Iraq, and elsewhere open windows into the hearts and souls of people we usually meet only on the nightly news. What we see when we look through these windows is the love of family, friends, and for the Earth, the daily occurrences of life that touch us forever, the longing for a sense of place. What we learn is that beneath the veil of stereotypes, our human connections are stronger than our cultural differences.” Review by the Publisher.

Citation: Nye, Naomi Shihab (2002) Aladdin Paperbacks.

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Flag of Childhood: Poems from the Middle East (2002)

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Recommended because ,in this stirring anthology of sixty poems from the Middle East, honored anthologist Naomi Shihab Nye welcomes us to this lush, vivid world and beckons us to explore. Eloquent pieces from Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Iraq, and elsewhere open windows into the hearts and souls of people we usually meet only on the nightly news. What we see when we look through these windows is the love of family, friends, and for the Earth, the daily occurrences of life that touch us forever, the longing for a sense of place. What we learn is that beneath the veil of stereotypes, our human connections are stronger than our cultural differences. Reviewed by the Publisher.

Citation: Nye, Naomi Shihab.

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Fog of War (Columbia)

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Recommended because of its interactive website about the 1991 Air Battle for Baghdad. Topics and materials include an introduction, analysis, war goals, air strikes, resources, images, and credits. Be aware of the fact that the resources link is not very extensive and mainly focuses on information that is already provided elsewhere within the site. This resource was originally recommended by Columbia University. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols 07/2003.

Foreign Policy Association – Great Decisions Series – Turkey

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Recommended because it provides guides to information, lessons plans and quizzes based on current affairs in the Turkey and all of Middle East. Start by reading the lesson plans and extracting what you need, regardless of whether you purchase the article. Also, see their section on grants for teachers. Be aware of the fact that the article to be read and discussed comes in an annual $15 publication, with all of the Great Decisions topics for that year.

Foundation for Iranian Studies, FIS

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Recommended because of its commitment to disseminate information about Iran and Iranian culture. Topics and materials include FIS activities, Iran Nameh, Series in Iran’s Development 1941-1979, women’s center, Noruz lectures, and catalog of the oral history program. Recommend using the FIS Activities link for annotations and links to each of the Foundation’s activities, including those mentioned above. Be aware of the fact that most of the site is comprised of text. This resource was originally recommended by Columbia University. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

Foundation for Middle East Peace (Harvard)

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Recommended because the site up to date and there is a selection of detailed maps on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Topics and materials include maps on the Gaza Strip, West Bank, Jerusalem, Golan Heights, settlements and population, redeployment and final status options, and more. Information is objective and mainly supports a peaceful solution to the conflict. Reports and materials are available in Arabic , English and Hebrew . Start by examining About FMEP for information about the Foundation and its purpose. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Friends Indeed: The Special Relationship of Israel and the United States (1998)

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Recommended because it explores United States-Israeli relations since the founding of Israel in 1948 within the context of ongoing strife and attempts at peace in the Middle East, the political climate in the U.S., and the opinions of the Jewish community. (Publisher) For Grades 8 and Up. The history of these nations has been intertwined since Israel became a state in May 1948. As in many political friendships between powerful countries, the relationship has not always been a smooth one. Finkelstein succeeds in chronicling the drama and emotional upheaval in Israel’s short history and its unique ties to the U.S. In a clear, articulate style, the author holds readers’ attention from Israel’s conception to Benjamin Netanyahu’s election as prime minister. An introductory chapter provides background on the origins of the state while others are devoted to significant dates in Israel’s history. Incorporated throughout are fascinating anecdotes, including an incident involving Frank Sinatra. A sprinkling of black-and-white photographs enhances the narrative. There is an excellent time line and a complete index. Most collections will benefit from this readable account. Reviewed by Malka Keck, The Temple Tifereth Israel, Beachwood, OH, for the School Library Journal.

Citation: Finkelstein, Norman.

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Frontline – Battle for the Holy Land (Israeli/Palestinian Conflict)

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Recommended because it gives background information on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict since September of 2000. This site was chosen because it has in depth information, including interviews with government officials involved in mediation attempts, a list of the main combatants, and Video Clips from the program. The information is presented in an unbiased manner. Start by looking at the timeline of key events leading to the breakdown of the peace negotiations. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 06/2002 Be aware of it being somewhat superficial.

Frontline – Resources on Afghanistan

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Recommended because of its usefulness to teachers and educators conducting background research on Afghanistan. The main Frontline site also includes links to previous Frontline programs on Afghanistan. Sites strengths — the quality of information and ease of navigating the site. Be aware of the fact that the information, though excellent quality, is not given in context and may be difficult to follow. The articles are easily printable. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

Frontline — Terror and Tehran (Ethnic Diversity and Conflict in the Middle East)

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Recommended because of the information on new U.S. policy towards Iran and its status as being part of the Axis of Evil. This site was chosen because it provides a different outlook on Iran as part of this Axis than is presented in the mainstream media. Strengths of this site — timeline of U.S./Iran relations (strongly recommended for use in the High School classroom), excellent interview (and primary resource) with Massoumeh Ebtekar, Iranian woman and Iranian Vice President for the Environment. Strongly recommended for all course participants to take a look at this site at some point during the course. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 06/2002. Melinda Wightman Last Modified: 16/07/2004

Givat Haviva, Israel (Texas)

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Recommended because It received the UNESCO prize for peace education in 2001. Topics and materials include departments, what’s new, opinions, publications, gallery, Children of Peace, links, letters, our community. Start by Givat Haviva also has an educational foundation in the USA at — Givat Haviva Educational Foundation, U.S.A. 114 W. 26th St., Suite 1001 New York, N.Y. 10001 Tel: (212) 989-9272 e-mail: mail@givathaviva.org Be aware of some of the links not working.

Globes: Israeli Online Business Arena

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Recommended because Recommended for economic and business information on Israel. Strengths of this site — main strength of this site is the list of links on private businesses, NGO’s and governmental organizations operating in Israel – go to Israel Links at the top of the page to find the alphabetical listing. Be aware of the fact that this site is not recommended for use in the K-12 classroom, but educators may find this useful when developing teaching units on the global economy, Israel and Israeli government. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 06/2002.

Go Israel media port

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Recommended because it has links to the prominent news, radio and television sites from which you can stream live video or audio. Start by reading the opinion columns in the daily english newspapers or streaming Israeli music and TV stations. Be aware of the fact that this is a commercial site, not designed explicitly for educational use. I am posting it because of its quality links to Israeli news and popular culture.

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Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story

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Recommended because it tells the story of an Iraqi Cinderella. Appropriate for ages Slavic and Eastern Europe-8. In this gentle Cinderella variant from Iraq, young Maha begs her widowed father to marry their seemingly kind neighbor, a widow with a daughter of her own. After the marriage, however, the woman grows to loathe her stepdaughter, and she and her daughter treat Maha like a slave. One day, the poor girl rescues a talking red fish that helps her over the years. Finally, it provides her with fine clothes so that she may attend a wealthy young woman’s bridal ritual. She stays too long, and in her flight, she loses one of her golden sandals. Tariq, the bride’s brother, finds it, and his mother searches the city for the owner of the shoe. Maha’s foot is a perfect fit and she and Tariq live happily ever after. In her gracefully written narrative, Hickox effectively blends many familiar touches with elements of the story that will be new to Western audiences. An author’s note provides the sources for this well-told tale. Hillenbrand’s delicate, textured illustrations have the look of watered silk touched with glowing jewel-toned accents. The paintings integrate well with the text, and the result is a sweet, smooth book with just a hint of spice. School Library Journal. Be aware of the fact that this is not an authentic traditional Iraqi folktale but can be used as a link with cultures that might seen foreign to American children.

Citation: Hickox, Rebecca and Hillenbrand, Will (Illustrator) Holiday House, Inc., 1999

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Grandma Nana (2002)

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Recommended because this is a good resource for elementary teachers that want to teach about World cultures through literature. The story is bilingual in Turkish and English. Students will learn about Turkish family life and culture. Strongly recommended as a primary source for educators. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 05/2002.

Citation: Tadjo, Veronique.

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Grandma Nana (2002) (Turkish)

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Recommended because it is a good resource for elementary teachers that want to teach about World cultures through literature. The story is bilingual in Turkish and English. Students will learn about Turkish family life and culture. Strongly recommended as a primary source for educators. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 05/2002.

Citation: Tadjo, Veronique.

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Grass : A Nation’s Battle For Life (1927, 1992, 70 minutes)

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Recommended because of its overview of nomadic peoples of Iran. This classic documentary follows the migration of the Bakhtiari tribe of Persia (now Iran) across the Zagros mountains in search of green pastures for their sheep and goats. Twice a year more than 50,000 people and half a million animals surmounted seemingly impossible obstacles, including torrential rivers and 15,000 foot high mountains. Includes early sequences of a caravan and desert patrol in Anatolia. This restored and full-length version also has a new Iranian score. [CNES] Directed by Merian Cooper, Ernest Schoedsack, & Marguerite Harrison for Paramount. Restored by Milestone Film &Video. Recommended for high school students. Available to teachers in the tri-state area through the Hagop Kevorkian Center at NYU (See Overview-Centers for more information.) Reviewed by Hagop Kevorkian Center, NYU 4/25/02.

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Greetings From Iraq (28 Minutes)

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Recommended because of its post war experiences of Iraqis. A documentary about the war and post-war experiences of Iraqi children and their families. This video takes viewers on a journey through a diverse and broken Baghdad and features three families from widely varying religious and economic backgrounds who recount their memories of the war and how they are dealing with the embargo. This video does a good job of showing the effects the Persian Gulf War had (and still has) on the people of Baghdad. Grades 7 and up. Available for loan through the University of Utah. (See Overview-Centers for more information.) Reviewed by the Middle East Center at the University of Utah, 4/29/02.

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Guests of the Sheikh: An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village (1969)

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Recommended because it is a delightful and informative account of a two-year stay in the Shiite village of El Nahra in southern Iraq. To be accepted as a respectable woman of the village and to assist her anthropologist husband, Fernea dressed in the all-enveloping abayah of the women of the village and adopted the sheltered life they lead. Hardships were many but the rewards greater. Devotees of Fernea’s writing think this among the best! Available through AWAIR or available from the Middle East Studies Center Resource Library, contact Mary Beth Benecke for ordering information. Reviewed by AWAIR.

Citation: Fernea, Elizabeth.

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Guide to Law Online

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Recommended because it serves as an online Islamic Law reference specifically geared towards Afghanistan. Strength(s) of site -? excellent information on Afghan political history, it’s written in basic language, not law language, very informative on Islamic law as well. Start by looking through Afghan Law: Constitution, Government and Legislation. It provides a brief introduction about history of Afghanistan and the politics of the country pre-Soviet invasion and pre-Taliban Afghanistan. Be aware of the fact that the information is mainly historical and not current, but very good as a historical resource. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

Hafez on Life and Poetry (Persian)

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Recommended because Hafez was one of the greatest poets of the 14th century in Iran. Serves as a good introduction to classical Iranian literature. Start by reading his biography and then go back to the home page to look at the poetry and prose. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 05/2002.

Haram: Yemen, the Hidden Half Speaks (2003)

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Recommended because HARAM offers a surprising look at womens lives and gender roles in contemporary Yemen. Produced at the request of the Yemeni Women National Committee. This astonishing film presents the affecting personal narratives of individual women struggling for self-determination, including Aisha, who defies both tribal law and her imposing father to sneak off to school and educate herself. When she is discovered, an entire village comes to her aid, convincing her father to drop his threats to kill her for the crime of being educated. Aisha, now a doctor with her own NGO, is an inspiring model of resistance against tradition, and her familys experience suggests with profound poignancy that change is possible.

Resisting the roles prescribed for them by brothers, husbands and fathers, these powerful women speak eloquently about breaking societal taboos and fighting for economic independence and self-sufficiency. Their moving stories are essential for understanding the myriad forms resistance can take. Lovingly made, HARAM provides an important perspective on women in the developing world and is an exhilarating demonstration of how change is possible and how it often begins one family at a time. A film by Fibi Kraus and Gudrun Torrubia. Information about renting this film can be found at http://www.wmm.com/beyondtheveil/

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Hebrew Literature (Columbia) (Hebrew)

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Recommended because it gives basic information and background on the origins and types of Hebrew Literature. It is a good background resource for students and teachers alike. The site also links terms and concepts with their definitions. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 05/2002.

Hebrew Literature (University of Minnesota) (Hebrew) (the site currently not working)

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Recommended because it is and excellent resource for teachers of Hebrew or as an introduction to Modern Hebrew and Israeli Culture. The books and exercises listed are specifically targeted to K-12 students. It is geared to learning language through the arts such as sculpting, painting and literature. Be aware of this website being intended for Hebrew speakers. There are some pages in English explaining the mision, etc., but the primary content is in Hebrew. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 05/2002. Melinda Wightman Last Modified: 08/06/2004

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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Recommended because of its information on the higher education system in Israel. Site is mainly of interest for educators developing a teaching unit on Modern Israeli culture. Be aware of the fact that this site is in Hebrew and English. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

Historians of Islamic Art

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Recommended because of its focus on Islamic Art. Start by clicking on Iraq:The Cultural Aftermath for links to websites and webpages that aim to provide reliable reports and current information on the cultural recovery assessment and efforts in the aftermath of the war in Iraq. Also, links to museums with Islamic Art Collections in America and other countries is given.

Historical, General and Specific Maps of Afghanistan

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Recommended because it is useful for elementary, middle and high school teachers looking for classroom resources on Afghanistan. Site entirely made up of maps of Afghanistan, each map specifically outlining certain issues, such as ethnicity, language, population density, and geographical features. Strengths of site -? easy navigation, map sources are listed — with links to the resource’s homepage – all the maps are updated to include recent event. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

Hometown Baghdad Web Documentary

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Recommended because as the website described, Hometown Baghdad is “An ongoing documentary web series following the lives of a few Iraqi 20-somethings trying to survive in Baghdad.” It is a series of 38 YouTube-streamed documentaries. Produced by Iraqi filmakers for a global audience, the documentary subjects speak primarily in English. Start by viewing Episode 1, “Brains on Campus.” To learn more listen to the NPR broadcast about the documentary. Be aware of the serious subject matter of this documentary which may not be appropriate for all ages.

Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict (2001)

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Recommended because Finkelstein’s book is both an impressive analysis of Zionist ideology and a searing but scholarly attack on Israel’s treatment of the Arabs since 1948. Most effectively, he revises the Israeli revisionist historians, showing, particularly over the Palestinian exodus in 1948, that they still have some way to go before their history is fully accurate. Reviewed by The London Review.

Citation: Finkelstein, Norman.

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In Sweet Company: Conversations with Extraordinary Women about Living a Spiritual Life.

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Recommended because a compelling collection of intimate conversations with 14 remarkable women, each with a spiritual life that nourishes them and serves as a dependable compass for their decision-making. Each chapter tells the story of one woman’s inner development in her own words, and the social, emotional and professional fulfillment her spiritual commitment provides her. The 14 women in this book work in various fields such as childrens writer, actress, or peace activist. There is also a list of biographies of the 14 women. Reviewed by In Sweet Company.

Citation: Wolff, Margaret. (2002). Margaret Wolff Unlimited. $15.00.

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Inside Afghanistan

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Recommended because it focuses on a different aspect of the war in Afghanistan. Shot in Kabul, Herat, Kandahar, Spinbuldak, and the Afghan countryside in 1987, this film is look at the other side of the war in Afghanistan — the Communist government and its supporters. Not recommended for children, but good for upper-level high school students. Available from the Middle East Studies Center Resource Library, contact Mary Beth Benecke for ordering information. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 05/2002.

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Institute for Palestine Studies

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Recommended because it is an academic and educational resource into the Palestinian/Israeli conflict and the Palestinian refugee situation. Strengths of this site — current issues of the Journal are available online, purchasing information is all online (can purchase one article instead of the entire journal), and excellent web links list. Start by clicking on About IPS to learn about the Intitute for Palestinian Studies. Be aware of the fact that this information is geared more to academics than K-12 teachers, but may be useful as a resource. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 05/2002.

Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature (Hebrew)

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Recommended because this site contains a comprehensive reference to modern Israeli literature and poetry, including works for children and young adults. Most works have been translated into English, German or French. It is an excellent resource when searching for specific literature for courses or to use in teaching units. It is strongly recommended for K-12 teachers, researchers and academicians. This is the best rated site on the web as a Hebrew literature resource. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 05/2002.

Internet Classics: The Epic of Kings by Ferdowsi (MIT) (Persian)

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Recommended because it is good for reading the classical Iranian work, “The Epic of Kings.” Strengths of this site: well organized, content oriented. It is recommended that students read the Encyclopaedia Iranica entry on Ferdowsi before exploring this site. Be aware of this site not containing much historical context. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 05/2002.

Interview With Hashemi Rafsanjani (1997, 120 minutes)

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Recommended because of its interview with Hashemi Rafsanjani and information on the 1997 Iranian elections. This fascinating interview stems from Mike Wallace’s decision to sit down with Iranian president Hashemi Rafsanjani in March 1997, two months before the national elections in Iran. Tape includes the 13-minute segment that aired on 60 Minutes; followed by the 50-minute (full-length, though edited) interview that aired on C-SPAN; and ends with the live, call-in Q&A session with Mike Wallace that immediately followed the C-SPAN broadcast. The interview ranges from standard political topics C how the two governments view each other, the possibilities for resuming normal relations, the assassination of Iranian nationals in Europe, accusations of terrorism C to lesser-known issues, such as the state of Iranian economy, the high numbers of women in the workplace, the practice of ‘temporary marriage’, in the Islamic Republic, and the banning of satellite TV. Aside from the interview itself, the contrast between the 60 Minutes version and the full-length, C-SPAN version gives students plenty to discuss on how the news is constructed. Particularly interesting is the post-commentary, much of it from Iranian-Americans. [AGF] Produced by C-SPAN and CBS. Recommended for middle and high school students. Available to teachers in the tri-state area through the Hagop Kevorkian Center at NYU (See Overview-Centers for more information.) Reviewed by Hagop Kevorkian Center, NYU 4/25/02.

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Invincible Abdullah and the Deadly Mountain Revenge (1992)

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Recommended because it is an interesting adventure story for 5th-7th graders. When Abdullah travels from England to visit his cousin Hasan in Pakistan during summer vacation, there is more than just a friendly family visit in store. A luggage switch at the airport, a half million dollars in smuggled cash and an unexpected fight in the bazaar lead the boys into some of the wildest territory in the highest mountains in the world. Abdullah’s knowledge of karate and Hasan’s quiet, quick wittedness, as well as the strength and courage of their companions, are sorely tested when an innocent vacation turns into high adventure. Available through AWAIR or available from the Middle East Studies Center Resource Library, contact Mary Beth Benecke for ordering information. Reviewed by AWAIR.

Citation: Hutchinson, Haji Uthman.

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Invincible Abdullah and the Deadly Mountain Revenge (1992) (Arabic)

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Recommended because When Abdullah travels from England to visit his cousin Hasan in Pakistan during summer vacation, there is more than just a friendly family visit in store. A luggage switch at the airport, a half million dollars in smuggled cash and an unexpected fight in the bazaar lead the boys into some of the wildest territory in the highest mountains in the world. Abdullah’s knowledge of karate and Hasan’s quiet, quick wittedness, as well as the strength and courage of their companions, are sorely tested when an innocent vacation turns into high adventure. Recommended for 5th-7th grades. Reviewed by AWAIR.

Citation: Hutchinson, Haji Uthman.

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Iran country Report on Human Rights Practice for 1997

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Recommended because of its discussion of human rights in Iran. Topics and materials include Iran, Respect for Human Rights including Respect for the Integrity of the Person, Respect for Civil Liberties, Respect for Political Rights, Governmental Attitude Regarding International and Non-governmental Investigation of Alleged Violations of Human Rights, Discrimination Based on Race, Sex, Religion, Disability, Language, or Social Status, and Worker Rights. Each of these sections delves into more detail including child labor, freedom of religion, freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of speech and press, and more. This resource originally recommended by Columbia University. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/22/02.

Iran Through the Passage of Time (1996)

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Recommended because of its introducation to Iran. Topics and materials: The film provides a brief introduction to the understanding of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It reviews major developments and achievements of Iran in a new age of construction. The film ends with a report on the “1995 Film Festival in Tehran.” Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations. Available through the Middle Eastern Studies Center at the University of Arizona. (See Overview-Centers for more information.) Reviewed by the Middle Eastern Studies Center at the University of Arizona, 4/29/02.

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Iran Virtual Library

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Recommended because of its social, political, and economic studies of Iran. Topics and materials include latest news, image galleries (lower left hand side of the page), state structure, political organizations, current legislation, chronology of the revolution(s), recent articles; etc. Be aware of the fact that the Koran is in English in pdf format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. This resource originally recommended by the University of Texas. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

Iran, A Revolution Betrayed (1984, 60 minutes)

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Recommended because of its information on the overthrow of the Shah of Iran. Topics and materials: A remarkable work for its unique footage alone, this video expertly chronicles events leading to the Shah’s overthrow and during the first several years of the Khomeini regime. Cameraman Ahsan Adib risked his life to secretly record footage of riots under the Shah, demonstrations by liberals against Khomeini, and evidence of the bloody purges, torture and repression under Khomeini. The film is valuable for its clear description of economic, political and social conditions leading to the Shah’s overthrow, including the longtime U.S. role in Iran’s internal affairs; the political mechanics of the overthrow; and the divisions within anti-Shah forces over Khomeini’s rule. Illustrates the complexity of a revolution that has been oversimplified by the American press. Note: Contains brief but graphic scenes of execution and results of torture. [AGF] Directed by Ahsan Adib. Produced by BBC TV. Recommended for high school students. Available to teachers in the tri-state area through the Hagop Kevorkian Center at NYU, also available through the University of Utah. (See Overview-Centers for more information.) Reviewed by Hagop Kevorkian Center, NYU 4/25/02.

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Iran-Iraq War and Waterway Claims (Columbia) (Environment, Natural Resources and Water Issues)

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Recommended because there are links to information about history, religion, navigation rights, trade, and several maps. Start by reading the abstract. Be aware of the links to related information;i.e., other “test cases” which give a way to compare this conflict to other similar onesin the Middle East and other parts of the world. This is a part of the “Inventory of Conflict and Environment (ICE),” which “intends to provide a common basis and method for looking at issues of conflict and environment, so other cases are presented following the same guidelines.”

Iran: A precollegiate handbook & accompanying slide packet and audiocassette

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Recommended because of its unbiased information on Iran. Highly informative and unbiased account of Iranian culture and history. The package is divided into short sub-sections. There are optional activities following each sub-section. Recommended for high school students. Available for loan through the University of Texas. (See Overview-Centers for more information.) Be aware you will need to follow the Outreach link to the Print Materials link to access information. Reviewed by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas, 4/29/02.

Citation: Mahnaz Afkhami

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