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A Century of Islam in America(1987)

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Recommended because The Middle East Institute Islamic Affairs Programs. Occasional Paper No. 4.

Citation: Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck. Washington DC:

Media Type: Book

Al – Islam

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Recommended because provides information about Shi’a Islam from the perspective of the Shi’a community. Start by reading about “Shi’i beliefs as explained by the Shi’i” in the first chapter of the book they have published on line, “Inquiries about Shi’a Islam.” Be aware of the proselytizing aspects of this site and some information may be culturally biased.

Al-Jazeera (Harvard)

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Recommended because of its reputation as a CNN style news report agency of the Middle East. Topics and materials include news, seminars & talk shows, business, sports, documentaries and light entertainment. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 3/29/02. Be aware of this site being a political hot bed, discussing topics of intense political nature. This resource was originally recommended by Harvard University.

Americans for Middle East Understanding, AMEU (Texas)

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Recommended because it strives to create deeper understanding among U.S. citizens about the Middle East. Start by reading the bi-monthly journal, accessible online, entitled “The Link.” In addition, AMEU provides free and inexpensive materials to teachers. To find out more about these materials contact AMEU, under “Contact Us.” Under “Resources,” one can find an extensive list of web links about the Middle East. Be aware of the newsletter being in pdf format, for which you will needAdobe Acrobat Reader. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 3/27/02. This site was originally recommended by the University of Texas.

Annual Editions: Global Issues 09/10. (2009).

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Recommended because new editions each year contain collections of 30-40 up to date articles from scholars and the world press that examine the most important global issues facing the planet.  The book has a world map, a glossary, a topic guide, and a list of related websites. This is one of many Annual Editions series. Others (see list on the Annual Editions website) are also relevant to specific issues as well as regional studies.

Citation: Jackson, Robert M. (editor). Guilford, CT: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin. http://www.dushkin.com

Media Type: Book

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 News (OSU)

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Recommended because it gives a view of the Arab World through newspaper perspective. Topics and materials include those of a typical newspaper; travel, sports, business, health, and science. Also available are topics such as Arab politics, Arab economies, headlines, offshore news, Arabia FM, Arabia photos, energy review, WN Arabia, Arabia Trade, and more. Links are available to newspapers of various countries in the Arabian world, including newspapers written in Arabic. Online Newspaper. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 3/27/02. This resource was originally recommended by the Middle East Studies Center at the Ohio State University.

Awesome Library – Middle East page

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Recommended because it provides a list of sources relating to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The list of news sources is particularly good because it provides a variety of viewpoints: from inside the conflict, it provides Palestinian and Israeli news sources, from the outside, Arab sources, as well as American and British are included. Start by taking current news from the listed news sources and looking at a single story, or several stories, from the different standpoints. The goal of the activity is to deduce what cultural values are behind the reactions from each side. Then you might explore the lesson plans – particularly Mr. Donn’s simulation of the conflict, under “Materials”. Be aware of the fact that this page provides some materials which are not up-to-date.

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 – World – Middle East

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Recommended because it provides access to current news about the Middle East from a reliable source. Start by reading the frequently updated news on the main page. In addition, you can get in-depth new about Iraq by clicking on Iraq in Transition.

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.

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.

Calendars Through the Ages (Religions of the Middle East)

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Recommended because it is an interesting site specifically on the Islamic calendar. Chosen because this is a topic often overlooked when teaching about the Abrahamic religions of the Middle East: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Strengths of this site — each religious calendar has an explanation of why the calendar was established and when, as well as an overview of the Islamic Months. Be aware of one major weakness: it does not have any of the religious holidays listed. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 06/2002.

Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (Religions of the Middle East) (Georgetown)

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Recommended because of information on Muslim-Christian relations in the West and how this effects their relationship in the Middle East. This site is recommended because it has extensive, in-depth, and academic resources which are recognized world-wide for their expertise on the topic of Muslim-Christian relations. Strengths of this site — list of Resources on the Islamic World, faculty members’ email addresses available (they do respond to inquiries), and site is up to date and well organized. Start by looking at the list of Islamic resources. Be aware of much of the material being academic. Some of it may not be useful in the K-12 classroom, but it is strongly recommended that teachers consult the site when developing teaching units on Islam and teaching about religion in the classroom. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 06/2002. This site was originally recommended by Georgetown University.

ClickandZoom.com

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Recommended because of its web camera views of sites in the Middle East. Topics and materials include a directory of live web cams in various Middle Eastern cities. Currently this directory offers cams in Israel, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. Students can see the wall in Israel as well as Israeli beaches. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 3/26/02. Start by perusing the UAE through 4 different viewpoints, and can view scenery night and day in Istanbul.

Conflicts in the Middle East Virtual Classroom (Religions of the Middle East; Ethnic Diversity and Conflict in the Middle East) (Texas)

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Recommended because it provides an overview and the background of conflicts in the Middle East. This site was created for the classroom. Start by clicking the Ottoman Empire link for a great introduction to the former Empire whose borders and territories largely correlate to what we think of as the Middle East today. The Ottoman Empire is a great place to start when discussing Middle East History, and should be included. Be aware of the explanation of Islamic Shar ‘ia law. Islam is considered to be a way to organize a society as much as a religion.

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.

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.

Media Type: Media

Electronic Outreach re Africa, Latin America and the Middle East

Posted by: globaledadmin on Wednesday, March 3, 2010

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.

Ethnic Conflict Research Digest (Ethnic Diversity and Conflict in the Middle East)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of the research it provides on ethnic conflicts around the world. This site was chosen because it outlines the specific ethnic conflicts in the Middle East (Algeria, Turkey, Kurdistan, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Sudan, and Afghanistan). Strengths of this site — a searchable map of ethnic conflict all over the world (and region specific) and for each specific country there is an extensive list of resources on the web, newsgroups and NGO’s operating in those particular areas. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 06/2002. Melinda Wightman Last Modified: 16/07/2004

Fashion vs Islamism in Iran

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

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).

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 — Ambush in Mogadishu (Ethnic Diversity and Conflict in the Middle East)

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Recommended because it provides background information on the conflict in Somalia and the U.S. involvement. This site was chosen because it has in depth information and presents an even-handed, comprehensive report on what happened to the U.S. soldiers there in 1993. (FYI — Somalia is a Muslim country with African roots, but many Somalis consider themselves to be Arab). Start by looking at the teachers’ guide, the clear chronology of U.S. involvement in Somalia, and the list of readings (available for free online) which can be used in the upper level high school classroom. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 06/2002.

Frontline — Gunning for Saddam (Ethnic Diversity and Conflict in the Middle East)

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Recommended because it gives in-depth information on Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and his government. This site was chosen because it has comprehensive information on Iraq since the Gulf War and why it continues to be a global hotspot for U.S. foreign policy. This site is very useful for developing a teaching unit on the Gulf War. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 06/2002. Start by looking at the interesting analyses of Saddam Hussein and Iraq. Be aware of outdated information.

Frontline — Hunting bin Laden (Ethnic Diversity and Conflict in the Middle East)

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Recommended because of the information it provides on Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaida terrorist network. This site was chosen because it continues to be one of the most informative sites (recognized by most academic institutions and National Resource Centers) on Osama bin Laden and his role in the September 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. Strengths of this site — timeline of bin Laden’s life, background information on bin Laden’s involvement in previous terrorist activities, and all information is presented in unbiased way with all the facts available for research. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 06/2002.

Frontline — Muslims (Women in the Middle East; Religions of the Middle East)

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Recommended because Strongly recommended for comprehensive information on Islam, social issues surrounding Muslims inside and outside of the Middle East, and themes in Islam. This site was chosen because it is one of the best reports on Muslims and Islam and its relationship with the west. (Videos are available for purchase from PBS). Strengths of this site — all the links are recommended, the Teachers’ Guide is extremely useful. It is recommended that all course participants explore this site at some point during the course. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 6/2002. Melinda Wightman Last Modified: 16/07/2004

Frontline — Siege at Bethlehem (Israeli/Palestinian Conflict)

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Recommended because of its background information and much overlooked information regarding the conflict at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. This site was chosen because Frontline was the only press agency allowed into Bethlehem during the crisis. Frontline was able to get never-before-seen footage and interviews with both the Israeli soldiers negotiating with the Palestinians and to the Palestinian representatives who took video footage from inside the Church. Strongly recommended for teachers to explore this site while developing a teaching unit on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 06/2002. Start by looking at the timeline of events at the Church of the Nativity and list of readings with links available for free online.

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

Greenpeace International

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Recommended because of its resources and work on environmental issues such as climate change, forests, oceans, nuclear energy, toxic wastes, trade and environment, and the effects of conflict.  Start by examining What we do and Multimedia  to get a sense of its resources through links to topics and to videos, webcams of Greenpeace ships and photo essays. Be aware  that Greenpeace is an advocacy organization with specific goals. Some visuals may not be appropriate for younger students. Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12.

Helping Students Deal With Cultural Differences

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Recommended because this article contains practical strategies to help teachers and students confront cultural differences. The strategies can serve as the basis for lessons on cultural diversity adaptable to almost any instructional setting. Includes some specific learning activities and background material on how personal space is utilized and defined. The strategies discussed are particularly useful as it relates to examining Africa’s cultural diversity.

Citation: White, J. J. (1998). The Social Studies, 107-111.

Media Type: Book

In Depth: Investigating Al-Qaeda

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Recommended because this BBC website gives in-depth news coverage and analysis to the US led war against Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as throughout the world in the wake of the September 11th attacks on the United States. Start by exploring covered topics such as: “Overview,” “Al-Qaeda’s Origins and Links,” “Who’s Who in Al-Qaeda,” “11 September in Context,” “Winning the War on Terror,” and “Money Trail,” among many others. Be aware of the fact that this excellent site is updated daily by one of the world’s leading news organizations.

INAN – Islamic Assembly of North America

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Recommended because this is a website of Islamic Assembly of North America. IANA offers conferences and a radio station on line. Reviewed by Yucel Demirer.

International Coptic Federation (Religions in the Middle East)

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Recommended because it addresses human rights abuses of Coptic Christians living in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East. Be aware of Be aware that the information on this site may contain biased material, but is an excellent primary resource on the minority population of Christians in Egypt. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 06/2002.

International Organization for Migration

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Recommended because the site encompasses a variety of migration management activities throughout the world. Topics about migration include assisted returns, counter-trafficking, labour migration, migration health, movements, mass information, and technical cooperation on migration, migration policy and research programme, working group on gender issues, individual portraits, and links to relevant program and project web sites. Start with Media to see photo essays an videos of stories of people and places.  Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12.

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.”

IslamiCity (Religions of the Middle East)

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Recommended because it is a primary resource about Muslims around the world. This site was chosen because it is a popular site for Muslims around the world (though the site is maintained within the United States). Strengths of this site — comprehensive glossary of Islamic terms and sayings, the daily Islamic date is always listed (upper right corner of the page), Islamic informational and educational material available for order online, part of the site under the Inside Education link is devoted to educating non-Muslims about the religion. Be aware of some of the news items being presented in a biased manner reflecting the views and opinions of members of the Islamic faith. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 06/2002.

Israeli Palestinian ProCon

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Recommended because this site presents, in an unbiased, primarily pro/con format, responses to the related and core question: “What are the just resolutions of the Israeli / Palestinian conflict?”Start by reviewing the Issues, Sub-Issues, and Questions. Collectively they map the content supporting our core question: “What are the just resolutions of the Israeli / Palestinian conflict?”. Then the Pro/Con Summary can try to answer the question: What are the just resolutions of the Israeli / Palestinian conflict? This is also a good resource for general history and maps. Be aware of the fact that some this site is only 75% comlete and some links may be incomplete or have nothing posted yet.

Jannah — Paradise (Religions of the Middle East)

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Recommended because it is a primary source of information on Islam. The site was chosen for its wealth of information on Islam for Muslims such as prayer times and availability of audio recordings of the recited Qur’an (which is the proper English transliteration of the Koran, the holy book to all Muslims, Sunni or Shi’i). Start by listening to the Qur’anic recitations (you must register with Jannah in order to listen), and reading from the Hadeeth (hadeeth, or hadith, are sayings and behaviors of the Prophet Muhammad, which are considered to be acceptable to Muslims). There is a Prayer times calculator according to different methods. One of the products offered is a “Salat Pager” (Prayer Pager) which will page the person when it is time for prayer on their pager or cellular telephone. Recommended for all teachers to take a look the site to get a feel for modern Islamic life. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 06/2002.

Kurdistan Regional Government, KRG (Columbia) (Ethnic Diversity and Conflict in the Middle East)

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Recommended because of maps and information about Kurdish history and culture. Start by following the about KRG link for background information on KRG.

LookLex Encyclopedia

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Recommended because of the information it provides on the Middle East and North Africa. There are also incredible links to maps, slides, and a free Arabic Language course. Topics and materials within the encyclopedia include history, people, up-to-date current events, countries, and more. This information is disseminated through written articles and is accompanied by photos, graphics, sound clips, music clips, and pronunciation clips. Start by clicking on the alphabetical listing of topics offered. Be aware of irritating ads on the page and as pop-ups. This resource was originally recommended by UCLA. Additionally, this site is related to the “Atlas of the Orient” (see above).

Medieval Islamic Cultures

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Recommended because it is a site developed and sponsored by a K-12 educator at Horace Mann Middle School in San Francisco, CA with support from the University of California – Berkeley. The site highlights life, culture and history of Medieval Islam. It also includes a teacher’s guide . Topics are sectionalized for easy use by Middle School and High School students and information is accurate and written to an appropriate reading level. Start by reading through the teacher’s guide to develop a plan for the use of the site in your classroom or in your curriculum unit. Be aware of the site addresses history standards in the state of California (only). The information on the site, though accurate, was not developed by Middle East academics/experts.

Middle East Insight (Texas)

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Recommended because of its clear and frank discussion of topics in the Middle Eastern world. Middle East Insight, as a magazine, is more focused and detailed than a newspaper. Good site to find exclusive interviews of figureheads in the region. Topics and materials include articles discussing topics of importance to the Middle East region. Most articles available online. News clips and interviews are also available. High school level students will easily comprehend the subject matter in this magazine. Be aware this news journal is produced in the U.S. but its focus is on a Middle East perspective. News Report Magazine. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 3/29/02.

Middle East Maps (MERIA)

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Recommended because of the selection of maps from religious, historical, political perspectives. Topics and materials include distribution of Kurdish people, 6 day war, UK partition plan, Palestinian refugee camps, Israeli Settlement, Arab villages, and the dates of independence. Be aware of it not being Middle East maps in general; the main focus being the Israel/Palestinian conflict.

Middle East Reports (Texas)

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Recommended because of its goal of educating the public about the Middle East and its affiliation with The Middle East Research and Information Project, MERIP, an organization created to dispel the myths and misconceptions of the Middle-Eastern world. Topics and materials include Online Journal Articles, News Clips, Press Information Notes. Middle East Reports, a journal created by MERIP, with some articles available online. Under Press Information Notes, several articles can be found discussing pertinent regional topics. Click on Op-Eds to find news clippings written by MERIP. Further outreach information can be obtained by emailing the Outreach Editor at ian.merip@verizon.net Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 3/29/02. The resource originally recommended by the University of Texas.

Middle East Review of International Affairs, MERIA (Texas)

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Recommended because of its resources of information on the Middle East. Topics and materials include Search, Research Guides, Free Books, US Mideast Policy, Current Contents, Links, What is MERIA? and the GLORIA Center.The GLORIA Center is an informative sister site. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/19/02. This resource originally recommended by the University of Texas. Start by looking in the Research Guides.

Middle East Studies – Minorities (Columbia University) (Environment, Natural Resources and Water Issues)

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Recommended because because it contains a comprehensive list of web resources and articles on Water issues in the Middle East (which is the most important and controversial natural resources in the Middle East — even more important than oil reserves). Start by visiting one or two of the sites listed to get an overview of Water and Desalination issues. Be aware of the resources being highly academic, which are not as useful in the K-12 classroom, but they are an excellent resource for teachers. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 06/2002.

Middle East Studies — Minorities (Columbia University) (Ethnic Diversity and Conflict in the Middle East)

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Recommended because it contains a comprehensive list of web resources on the different ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East. The site itself is informative because it organizes these minorities by groups and affiliations. Strongly recommended for course participants to at least take a look at the list (and then feel free to visit the links). Be aware of some of the links being broken. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 06/2002.

NPR : The Middle East and the West, A Troubled History

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Recommended because it is a special six-part series in which NPR’s Mike Shuster examines the long and turbulent history of Western involvement in the Middle East, from the crusades to the wars in Iraq. The series includes The Crusades: Two Centuries of Holy War, The Rise of the Ottoman Empire, Europe Carves Up the Middle East, World War I and its Aftermath, The Rise of the U.S. in the Middle East, and The Clash with Islam. Each part includes relevant maps and bios. Start by reading the bios of historic figures in the series.

NPR : The Mideast : A Century of Conflict

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Recommended because it is a seven-part series that traces the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. The seven parts are as follows: Theodore Herzl and the First Zionist Congress; The Balfour Declaration and the British Mandate; Partition, War and Independence; The 1967 Six-Day War; From the 1973 Yom Kippur War to Peace with Egypt; From the First Intifada to the Oslo Peace Agreement; and The Second Intifada and the Death of Oslo. Also there are maps, bios, and a timeline available as well. The series was reported by Diplomatic Correspondent Mike Shuster. One can listen to the interview for each part or read the trascript.

One World: Global Justice Online

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 3, 2012

One World focuses on climate change and its effect on countries across the world.  It uses internet and mobile phone applications to help some of the world’s poorest people to improve their lives and helps students everywhere understand global problems and see ways to do something about them.  Check out the Guides (by country) and MobileforGood.  Sections on Kenya, India, Morocco, and Senegal may be of interest. Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Population Reference Bureau

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended as a leader in providing timely and objective information on population trends (see Datafinder) and their implications as the world population exceeds 7 billion. Sections include focus areas, topics, and regions, datafinder, quickfacts, and PRB library. There are specific pages for educators and journalists,  Start with Datafinder for graphics and stats and Educators which provides lesson plans, resource guides, US in the world, etc. QuickFacts is also recommended since it provides information by topics related to population issues such as education, gender, population trends.  Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12

 

Sahafa Online (Texas)

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Recommended because it is a great resource site for links to several Arabic news, newspapers, magazines, radio and television sites. Topics and materials include links to headlines, daily, weekly and monthly news, or top 10 sites. Choose from newspapers from several different countries, by name of the country. Some information can be viewed in Arabic as well as English. There are TV, radio, and magazine links also. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 3/27/02. This resource originally recommended by the University of Texas.

Soundvision — Islamic Information and Products (Religions of the Middle East)

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Recommended because of its high quality and large quantity of information about Islam. It is also a popular site for Muslims and Muslim families around the world. Strengths of this site include information on the Basic Beliefs of Islam, a section devoted to Muslim teen life, and ECards with Islamic themes for birthdays, weddings and Islamic holidays. Start by looking at excellent information about the Qur’an. Be aware of this site being operated independently, running off of profits from selling Islamic products, so there is an abundance of advertising, but the products sold are credible quality and may be of use in the K-12 classroom. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 06/2002.

Stolen Dreams: Portraits of Working Children. (1998).

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Recommended because it documents the lives of working children in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States. The book explores (1) why children work, (2) where children work, and (3) what can be done about the problems and issues associated with child labor. Here’s a quote from Doi, a 13 year old factory worker in Bangkok, Thailand: “My father died and my mother just didn’t have enough money to feed all my brothers and sisters, so that’s why I came to work. What I really miss is games. We don’t have any time to play football or anything like that. I don’t understand why we can’t have some time in the evening to play. I suppose it’s because there’s so much work to do.”

Citation: Parker, David L. with Engfer, Lee, & Conrow, Robert. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications.

Media Type: Book

Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil, and Fundamentalism in Central Asia

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Recommended because this book is the only thorough book-length study on the Taliban to date and sets them in the wider context of world politics. It covers not just the Taliban, but also the geo-politics of the region and controversial issues such as Islamic fundamentalism, Osama Bin Laden, the Taliban’s treatment of women, the drug trade, and the oil politics of Central Asia. The broader story here is powerful. Mr. Rashid’ s book is essentially a history of the destruction of one of the more ruggedly enduring Central Asia cultures. It depicts how Afghanistan, which survived the British-Russian Great Game of the 19th century, has been reduced to a fragmented, failed state in a vicious new Great Game at the end of the 20th…. One learns… a great deal from Mr. Rashid’ s book about the nature of local Central Asian politics and the consequences of interference by outside powers…. [A] valuable and informative work.” Reviewed by Richard Bernstein – The New York Times.

Citation: Rashid, Ahmed DIANE Publishing Company, 2004

Media Type: Book

Terrorism: Q & A Flashpoint: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it addresses the issue of terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Under the Table of Contents you will find the issue of terrorism addressed in detail. In addition you will find questions such as “What is the Isreali-Palestinian Conflict About?” and “Is there any prospect of peace anytime soon?” answered in a brief and unbiased fashion.

The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it the result of months of intensive investigations and inquiries by a specially appointed bipartisan panel, The 9/11 Commission Report is one of the most important historical documents of the modern era. And while that fact alone makes it worth owning, it is also a chilling and valuable piece of nonfiction: a comprehensive and alarming look at one of the biggest intelligence failures in history and the events that led up to it. The commission traces the roots of al-Qaeda’s strategies along with the emergence of the 19 hijackers and how they entered the United States and boarded airplanes. It details the missed opportunities of law enforcement officials to avert disaster. Using transcripts of cockpit voice recordings, the report describes events on board the planes along with the chaotic reaction on the ground from nearly every level of government. Going forward, the commission calls for a comprehensive overhaul of what it sees as a deeply flawed and disjointed intelligence-gathering operation. The creation of a post for a single National Security Director is recommended, along with the creation of a National Counterterrorism Center. The report finds fault with the approaches of both the Clinton and Bush administrations but, because they were a bipartisan panel and the problems described are so systemic and far-reaching, they stop short of assigning blame to any particular person or group. Credit must be given to how readable the report is. At more than 500 pages, the writing is clear and forceful and the information is made more accessible since it is fre from election politics and rancor. While the commission notes that future attacks are probably inevitable, a coordinated preventive effort along with a clear plan to respond with efficiency can offer Americans some hope in a post-9/11 world. Reviewed by Amazon.com (John Moe).

Citation: National Commission on Terrorist Attacks W.W. Norton & Company, July 2004

Media Type: Book

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee — America’s Pro-Israeli Lobby (Israeli/Palestinian Conflict)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it serves as the main example providing evidence for the claim that the American press and U.S. government is manipulated by the American-Israeli Lobby. It is a perfect example of the tactics of the Israeli lobby, as it provides many biased articles, and its presentation of facts is incomplete. Start by looking at the examples on its terrorist attack map and timeline. It is worth teachers’ time when presenting both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 06/2002.

The Christian Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt

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Recommended because it provides a brief yet concise history of the Christian Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt. There are an extensive number of hyperlinks found throughout this page with further information on religious practices, meanings, and explanations for the Christian religion according to CCOCE.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

The Christian Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt (Religions of the Middle East)

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Recommended because it is a comprehensive website about the minority Christian population in Egypt. This site was chosen because it is the official church website. The Copts are the oldest Christian sect in the Middle East; their liturgical language, though written in Greek, is spoken in Pharaonic Egyptian. Start by looking at the church’s stance on monophytism (relating to the nature of Christ), and other explanations about the origins and beliefs of the church (imbedded in the text.) This information is essential when teaching about religion in the Middle East. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 06/2002.

The Forgotten Faithful (1996) (Israeli/Palestinian Conflict)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it is an excellent resource on Christian Palestinians of the Holy Land (39 minute documentary.) This film documents some of the oldest Christian communities in the world, which are completely ignored by pilgrims who come to see the Christian holy places and the media reporting on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 05/2002.

Media Type: Media

The Prophet and the People Who Opposed Him

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it provides a different perspective on the nature of tolerance within Islam. Alam Payind’s comments: “The contents of this article are accepted by both Muslim scholars and Muslim lay persons. This is a known fact that Muslims of the medieval ages were much more tolerant and forgiving than the current extremist and radical Muslims are. Luckily, these extremist groups, though very much vocal and destructive, are minorities in each Muslim majority country. This is the fact that rarely makes the news.” Alam Payind is the director of the Middle East Studies Center at The Ohio State University.

Tkuma: the First 50 Years

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this series provides in-depth information on the first 50 years of the modern state of Israel. It was first shown as a television series in Israel. There are four movies: “The Conflict”; “From the Orange to the Chip: Economic revolution”; “Future Peace, Next War”; “The Ingathering”. They are available to download (with valid username and password) on the OSU library online catalogue. The series was made for an Israeli audience and was first shown on Israeli television. Start by watching “The Conflict” and the “Ingathering”- the former provides a good overview of the history and the latter, a description of cultural diversity within Israel through interviews of people from various backgrounds.

Media Type: Media

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Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam

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Recommended because it focuses on 9/11 and its relation to Islam. The September 11th attacks left the world stunned, angry, and uncomprehending. When it became clear that they had been committed in the name of Islam, people struggled to learn more about the religion used to justify these acts. In this level-headed and authoritative book, John L. Esposito, one of the world’s most respected scholars of political Islam, elucidates the teachings of Islam — explaining Quran, the example of the Prophet, and Islamic law regarding jihad, the use of violence, and terrorism. He chronicles the rise of extremist groups and examines their frightening worldview and tactics. In a new Preface for the paperback edition, the author discusses the changes that have occurred since 9/11 — including the continued threat of terrorism, the American-led war against terror, and the exponential growth of anti-Americanism. Reviewed by the publisher.

Citation: Esposito, John Oxford University Press, 2003

Media Type: Book

UNICEF The State of the World’s Children

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its many resources on the world’s children, their issues and lives.  See reports on the state of the world’s children along with many other publications, information by country, and other topics.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Washington Institute for Near East Policy

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Recommended because its broad view of the peace process and political analysis of it. Start by looking at specific information on the peace process between Palestinians and Israelis available on the Peace Watch site, and an excellent list of articles. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

Washington Report Middle East Affairs (Arizona)

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Recommended because of its discussion of political issues facing the Middle East. Topics and materials include articles and links on political issues such as Palestinian war and human rights issues. Features currently include special reports, US Congress-AIPAC, US aid to Israel, activism, editor’s note, letters to the editor, AET book club, book review, sensible voices, Zionism 101, FAQ’s. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 3/29/02. This resource originally recommended by the University of Arizona. Be aware of the fact that this is a political magazine, the ideas presented are intense but insightful.

World Lebanese Organization (Religions of the Middle East; Ethnic Diversity and Conflict in the Middle East)

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Recommended because it is the most comprehensive site on the World Maronite Christian community (many have been dispersed since the Civil War in Lebanon). Be aware of the information on this site reflecting the views and opinions of the Maronite Lebanese Christian Church. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 06/2002.

You Think!

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Recommended because it is a very easy-to-navigate educational tool developed for teachers and student research on environmental, financial, social, political and cultural issues across the world.  There is information on MDGs, AIDS, climate change, corruption, education, energy, food & agriculture, gender, health, information & communications, international trade, natural resources, population, poverty, private sector development, sustainable development, urbanization, water & sanitation, and more. Start by checking out Issues, Multimedia and For Teachers.  Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12.