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Akhet Egyptology (Texas)

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Recommended because it offers interactive access to Egyptian history. Topics and materials include Akhenaten & Amarna, Tutankhamun, mummy masks, art of the afterlife, grave goods, tombs & temples, sculpture, mythology, clickable mummy, the king list, Scottish Egyptology, museums & collections, Akhet bookshop. Start by using the Clickable Mummy link. Click on different parts of the mummy to learn about mummification.

Akhet-Aten Home Page (Texas)

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Recommended because it is a good resource for Egyptian history, Amarna period. Re-creation link. Topics and materials include introduction, Akhenaten, Nefertiti, Aten, Akhetaten, art, literature, digging, glossary, new & cool, bookshop, discussion, events, postcards, web links, references, for students, for teachers, re-creation, and FAQ. This site also has updates on current events around the country related to Egypt. Start by visiting for students , for teachers , and re-creation links. Be aware of the fact that this site was last updated in 2000.

Ancient Egyptian Culture Exhibit (Texas)

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Recommended because of its Egyptian History, interactive Ancient Egyptian Concentration Game. Topics and materials include daily life, art, military, architecture, hieroglyphs, religion, maps, history, and archeology. Nice site for teachers and students. Start by clicking on Daily Life which includes information about the Nile, Geography and Agriculture, Religion, Kinship and Marriage, Medicine, Hieroglyphics, Astronomy, Egyptian Astrology, Games, Hairstyles, Beauty Aids, Papyrus Paper Making,Sanitation and much more.

Ancient Israel & Canaan (Penn)

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Recommended because of its information on Ancient Israel & Canaan. This site was created for educational purposes and includes activities for school-age children. Topics and materials land-time, daily-life, economy,and religion. On any of these pages you can find to links to a glossary, bibliography, and suggested activities created for kids 8-12 years old. Land -Time includes a map, climate, chronology, excavations, and archaeology. Daily-Life includes bread, weaving, animals, storage, personal identity, writing, and warfare. The Economy link includes labor & crafts, trade, and Phoenicians. Religion includes religion of The Bronze Age, The Iron Age, and death. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/14/02.

Ancient Persia

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Recommended because of its overview of Ancient Persia. Topics and materials include a simple overview of Ancient Persia. Be aware of the fact that the menu bar can be followed to an e-museum sponsoring several regions and times of the world, however, I was unable to locate more about Persia. There is good information at this link on other regions, though. This resource originally recommended by the University of Texas.

Arab Gateway (Arabic)

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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 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 Project of the National Inst. for Technology and Liberal Education

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Recommended because of the quality and thoroughness of the information and because of the excellent organization of information into small chunks. Start by reading the History section. The bibliographies, and readings for each section (not just history) are excellent. Be aware of copyright issues regarding the reproduction of materials for classroom use.

Articles on Ancient Persia

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Recommended because of its web resources on Ancient Persia. Several topics are listed under the headings of Topography, Royal Persons, Other Persons, and Other. From the top of this page you can also go to other pages on the same website. These would include Anatolia, Egypt, Judaea, Mesopotamia, and more.

Arts of the Abbasid Period, 750-1258 A.D. (Columbia)

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Recommended because of its online museum of art from the Abbasid period, as well as from other periods and regions of the Middle East. Topics and materials include online museum of art, map and a brief history of the region with links to further information. I recommend clicking on the Related Timeline Content menu bar (in the upper right hand corner) in order to get to other sites within the museum including Anatolia, Arabian Peninsula, Egyt, Iran, Iraq, Calligraphy, and a lot more. Use the Timeline Site Map link to access a timeline to see art from different periods.

At The Tomb of Tutankhamen

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Recommended because of its well done interactive site on the site of Tutankhamen. Information on the IMAX movie, Mysteries of Egypt, can also be found here. Teacher materials. Topics and materials include background information on the site of Tutankhamen including correspondence and author information. Written in first-person story-form are the first three days of Williams’ journey into the tomb. Photos are included. Start by looking at the activity guides(under Links and Resources) which include archaeology, architecture, art, geography, math & science, and writing to learn how you can integrate Egypt across the curriculum.This resource was originally recommended by the University of Texas.

Avalon Project – Yale University

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Recommended because it provides english translations of many of the most important primary source documents concerning the Middle East, 1910 to present. Start by reading the Sykes-Picot Agreement and Balfour Declaration – two critical moments in the history of the region.

Babylon, 580 BC

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its extensive information on Babylon under the rule of King Nebuchadnezzar. Topics and materials include The City, The People, The History, Image Galleries, and Discussion Forums. The site includes information such as daily life, mathematics, major sites, law, culture, literature, astronomy, star signs, and the planets. I recommend The City link for information such as history, location and maps as well as important landmarks such as the Tower of Babel, the Hanging Gardens and more. Be aware of the fact that this link is not a reliable source for further web connections. This resource originally recommended by Columbia University. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/14/02.

Babylonian and Egyptian Mathematics

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Recommended because of its information on how Babylonians and Egyptians contributed to math. Click on Babylonian Mathematics to learn more about an overview of Babylonian math, Babylonian numerals, Pythagoras’s theorem in Babylonian mathematics, a history of Zero. Click on Egyptian Mathematics for an overview, Egyptian papyri, Egyptian numerals and a history of zero. I recommend following some of the links listed near the bottom of the page especially the History Topics Index link. This resource was originally recommended by Columbia University.

Clickable Map of the Middle East

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Recommended because it is very easy to use. This site would be perfect for elementary and middle school students. After clicking on a country, information is provided about that country including links to news sources (T.V., radio, and/or newspaper) as well as information about population, ethnicity/race, literacy rate, geography, brief history, and more. This would be helpful in learning the geography of the Middle East. Be aware of the fact that some of the information, such as the information and resource links for Iraq, may not be current. The information on almost all of the presidents and prime ministers are outdated and incorrect.

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.

Constantinople and the Fall of Rome (Texas)

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Recommended because of its overview of Constantine and his role in the Middle East. This site was created for the classroom. Topics and materials include an overview of Constantine including why Constantine moved his government, Constantinople and the Christian Emperor. You may find the link to Christianity also helpful. This resource originally recommended by the University of Texas. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/14/02.

Cyrus the Great

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Recommended because of its Iran/Persia history, 580-529 BC and information on Cyrus the Great. Topics and materials include Bas Relief, Cyrus, cylinder, Pasargad, army robes, and links. Start by clicking on CYRUS to find an introduction to Persia and Cyrus.There are embedded links highlighted in blue to Achaemenide Achievements and Darius I here as well. The Pasargad link takes you to a blueprint of Cyrus’ palace or to a tale of Alexander visiting Cyrus’ tomb. Army Robes includes a background of why the army chose certain colors along with pictures of the gear. I recommend using this site as a brief introduction to the creation of Persia. This resource originally recommended by the University of Texas. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/04/02.

Directions in Geography: A guide for teachers (Texas)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because its geographical guides and concepts. Topics and materials: A general guide for teachers with suggestions for teaching various geographical concepts. Non-Middle East specific, although the Middle East is used as a case study at various points. Teachers of all levels will find some use for this packet. Reviewed by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas, 4/29/02. Be aware of it not being appropriate for student use.

Citation: Gail S. Ludwig

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Earth Pulse

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 6, 2012

Recommended because this National Geographic site provides an immense amount of information regarding relationships of human population to world issues.  Especially useful for teaching geography (human, land, movement) and global issues.  Start with The Human Condition, then explore the menu bar on the left.  For primary students, click on the For Kids link.  Reviewed by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Egyptology Resources

Posted by: globaledadmin on Thursday, December 24, 2009

Recommended because of its resources on Egyptology. Click on “Essential Resources“, under “Main Pages” for links to sites on Copts, Byzantine Egypt, Ptolemeic Egypt, an Ancient Egyptian dictionary, and many others.  I recommend teaching about Christian Egypt to get away from stereotyping, and provide a fuller picture of the history and culture.  Materials include: journals, magazines, organizations, societies, interesting Egypt pages, personal Egypt pages, other resources.  This site comes recommended by Education Index, Suite101.com, Excellence in Education, and LookSmart Editor’s Choice and the University of Texas.

Electronic Literature Foundation (Arabic)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

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.

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.

Exploring Ancient World Cultures

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Recommended because of its historical information on ancient societies, including the Near East, Egypt, and Early Islamic World. The Near East has information including Hammurabi’s Code of Laws, The Book of Genesis, The Book of Exodus, The Book of the Prophet Amos, The Story of Job and much more. The section on Egypt has: The Papyrus of Ani (The Egyptian Book of the Dead) and The Egyptian Culture Reflected in Worship with further links to pyramids and Tutankhamen. The Early Islamic World includes the following selections from the Qur’an: The Cow, The Women, The Table, Jonah and Mary. It also includes an Introduction to Islam. This resource was originally recommended by the University of Texas.

Flags of the World (Texas)

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Recommended because it is useful for flag study and history. Start by going to the interactive Middle Eastern map. When you click on a country that country’s flag is displayed. Scroll down for further information about the flag including its history and ensigns. Be aware of poor contrast between text and background.

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.

From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians

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Recommended because of its information and resources on the rise of Christianity, based on scientific study. Topics and materials include Jesus’ Many Faces, A Portrait of Jesus’ World, The Story of the Sotroytellers, The First Christians, and Why Did Christianity Succeed? I recommend reviewing the Teacher’s Guide for Program Summaries, About the Teacher Guide, Maps, Timeline, Activities, and Glossary. This resource originally recommended by the University of Texas. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/08/02.

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.

Geo Teacher (Texas)

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Recommended because of its extensive list of geography links. Topics and materials include country studies, maps, world news sources, general geography, human (cultural) geography, physical geography, and Africa Today. Start by following any of the topics to get a large listing of geography related web sites. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 3/26/02.

Guardian’s Egypt

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Recommended because of the many good interactive activities on Ancient Egypt under the KIDS link. Topics and materials include CyberJourney, discuss Egypt, pyramids, mummies, hieroglyphs, gods/goddesses, kids section and more. Start by browsing through the Kids Section. Resources under the KIDS link include build a scale model of the Great Pyramid, Mummy Quiz, Ancient Egyptian Sports, The Myth of Osiris & Isis, Mummy Mask Making, The Pyramid Builders, Mummified-The Match Game, Clickable Mummy, Mummy Lesson Plan, Build a Pharaoh, Egypt Kid Quiz, Egyptian Coloring Book,and much, much more. This resource was originally recommended by the University of Texas.

Guide to the Mideast Peace Process: Reference Documents

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Recommended because of its information on the Arab-Israeli Conflicts. Topics and materials include Introduction, Bilateral Negotiations, Multilateral Negotaitions, Fruits of Peace and Diagrams. Click here for more information on Reference Documents such as The Balfour Declaration, The Mandate for Palestine, Camp David Accords, etc.

History for kids!

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Recommended because of its information on Islam geared towards young people. Topics and materials include History (with timeline), Environment (with maps), Religion, Clothing, Food, People, Art, Architecture, Books about Islam, Crafts and Projects, and Teacher’s Guides. Includes information on the Umayyad caliphs, Abbasids, Baghdad, Seljuk Turks and Ottomans. Be aware of the fact that you will need to click on the Islam link at the top of the page to access the Islam tour. This resource was recommended by Georgetown University.

Internet Ancient History Source Book (Chicago)

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Recommended because of its extensive links and information on the Ancient world. Topics and materials include studying history, human origins, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia, Israel, Greece, Hellenistic World, Rome, Late Antiquity, and Christian Origins. The home page of this web site also has a link to Ancient History in the Movies, which has suggestions for movies related to the part of the world being studied and provides annotations.

Internet Ancient History Source Book — Persia (Chicago)

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Recommended because of its information and extensive list of links to Persia. Topics and materials include Persia: General, Acheaminids (560-330 CE), Parthia and Arcsacids (247 BCE-226 CE), Sassanids (224-636 CE), Persian religions, art & architecture, and modern perspectives on Ancient Iran. I also recommend following the link on Christian Origins, on the left-hand side of the page. Topics and materials include Christian Origins, Source Problems, Jesus of Nazareth, Early Church,and more. Be aware of the fact that some of the links can not be found.

Internet Islamic History Book (Chicago)

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Recommended because of its internet resources on the history of Islam. Topics and materials include Pre-Islamic Arab World, Muhammad & Foundations (to 632 CE), Islamic Expansion & Empire (to 750 CE), The Abbasid Caliphate (after 750 CE), Al-Andalus: Muslim Spain, Muslim Persia, Egypt and North Africa,Muslim Religious Development, and The Turks. You have to start by clicking on Islamic History Section. From the Main Page it is also possible to chose Internet Ancient History Sourcebook to obtain information about Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia, and Isreal.

Internet Jewish History Source Book (Chicago)

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Recommended because of its internet resources on Jewish History. Topics and materials include People of Israel, Emergence of Judaism, Jewish Middle Ages, Jewish Life Since Enlightenment and Further Resources on Jewish History. Be aware of the fact that many links, especially those under The People of Israel, are unable to be found.

Internet Medieval Sourcebook — Byzantium (Chicago)

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Recommended because of its internet resources on the study of Byzantium. Topics and materials include General, Foundations, Justinian (b.483- r.527-d.565), After Justinian, Iconoclasm, Byzantine Imperial Centuries (843-1204), Final Centuries, Byzantine Religion, Byzantine Commonwealth and Accounts of Byzantium. Be aware the Byzantium period is seen as a western phenomenon, but arose in Turkey. It is also important to understanding the spread of Christianity. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/15/02.

Iran: Departure into the Unknown

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Recommended because it profiles the country of Iran by following the TransAsia highway through the nation. Looks at geography, agriculture, water and land transportation, labor, markets, crafts, literature and art and censorship, religion and cultures, history and ruins, and relations with neighboring countries.

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Islam and Islamic History in Arabia and the Middle East

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its insights on Arab views of the Crusades. There are also links to many other topics of importance for this time period in history, such as The Message, The Hijrah, The Umayyads, Islam in Spain, The ‘Abbasids, The Fatimids, The Seljuk Turks, The Ottomans, The Coming of the West, Revival in The Arab East, The Holy Quran, The Faith of Islam, Arabic Literature, and more. The resource was recommended by Columbia University.

Islam: Empire of Faith (PBS)

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Recommended because of the brief overview of Islamic contributions to world culture. The video that accompanies this web site is available for loan through the Middle East Studies Center at The Ohio State University. (See Overview-Centers for more information.) Start by clicking on resources for educators. Be aware of difficult navigation. The site map may be better suited to finding specific information.

Islamic Civilizations

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Recommended because of its information on Islamic Civilizations. This site is created for schools and teachers. Topics and materials include Muhammad, Arab Expansion, Baghdad, The Crusades, and Activities. Activities include Baghdad writing frame, jumbled sentence activities, and fill-in-the-gap exercises with topics such as Muhammad’s early years, Why were Arab armies successful?, and the Crusades. The Baghdad writing frame is downloadable. The jumbled sentence and fill-in-the-gap are interactive online activities. I recommend visiting the home page for more great teacher resources. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/16/02.

Islamic World to 1600 (Penn)

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Recommended because of its online tutorial on Islam and its history. Topics and materials include Islamic Beginnings, The Caliphate & the First Islamic Dynasty, Fractured Caliphate & the Regional Dynasties, Mongol Invasions, Rise of the Great Islamic Empires, and The Arts, Learning & Knowledge. Photos and maps are dispersed throughout the tutorial. This site best suited for high school students.

Israel Museum, Jerusalem (Texas)

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Recommended because of its online museum and history of the people of Israel. Topics and materials include Prehistory including Old Stone Age (Lower Paleolithic), Terminal Old Stone Age (Upper Paleolithic), and New Stone Age (Neolithic); Chalcolithic, Bronze, & Iron Ages including Chalcolithic Period, Early Canaanite (Bronze) Period, Intermediate Canaanite (Bronze) Period, Middle Canaanite (Bronze) Period, Late Canaanite (Bronze) Period, Israelite (Iron) I Period, and Israelite (Iron) II Period; Second Temple Period including Persian Period, Hellenistic Period, Herodian Period, and Roman Period; Rise of Christianity & Islam including Byzantine Period, Early Islamic Period, Crusader Period, and Late Islamic Period; Neighboring Cultures; and Numismatic Pavilion. Images of artwork are included along with brief histories. Click on images to get further information about the artwork. This resource originally recommended by the University of Texas. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/17/02.

Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Recommended because it is an official website. It provides information about foreign relations, facts about Israel, government, Jerusalem, History of Israel,peace process, terrorism, anti-semitism, and more. Start by reading the recent news on the main page. Be aware of some readers state that since it is an official government website it is likely to be biased to an Israeli viewpoint.

LANIC

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Recommended because LANIC stands for the Latin American Network Information Center, and is an incredible clearinghouse of information. The maps page supplies regional overviews and country maps. This is a VERY large site, however its alphabetized listing make it easy to use. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Local Times Around the World (Texas)

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Recommended because it provides access to local times around the world. Also listed are geographical locations and time the standard being observed there. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 3/26/02.

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).

Lost City of Arabia (Texas)

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Recommended because of its t.v. program and web site, to be used in conjunction with other sites for Ubar. Topics and materials include remote sensing, interview, desert finds, artifact gallery, map and links. By following the Shop link you can purchase this program for $19.95 or view transcripts on line by clicking the Broadcast Transcript link at the bottom of the web page. I recommend using the Desert Finds link to learn more about the world’s deserts through an interactive map. The study of Ubar can be used for integrating science through remote sensing technology. This resource was originally recommended by the University of Texas. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/14/02.

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 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 Maps (Texas)

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Recommended because it is one of the most well-known comprehensive collections of maps on the Middle East. Topics and materials include online country and region maps in a variety of formats including political, relief, historical, and reference. These maps can be printed out. Be aware of of the maps being in jpeg format, some are pdf files for which you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 3/26/02. This site was originally recommended by the NRC of the State University of Texas.

Middle East Medievalists (Chicago)

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Recommended because of its study of Islamic lands from 500-1500 C.E. Topics and materials include links to About MEM, Lifetime Achievement Award, Board of Directors, MEMbership, MEMber Resources, Search MEMber Directory, and more. Start by going to MEMber Resources to find bibliographic & teaching resources, electronic discussion lists, electronic publications & projects, manuscript archives, and scholarly societies, organizations, & directories.

Middle East Quiz

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Recommended because students can test their knowledge of Middle Eastern geography. Students get immediate yes or no answers to their responses. When students click on the wrong country the correct name of the country they chose is given to them. Each question is worth 3 points with a possible 87 points. Quizzes to other regions are available. The score is given at the end of the quiz.

Middle East Review of International Affairs, MERIA

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Recommended because of its web resources on the Military in the Middle East. Topics and materials include Overall Assessments, History of 20th Century Warfare in the Middle East, Military Factors in the Israel-Arab Conflict, Armed Forces by Country including Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Turkey & Yemen, External States & Arms Sales, and Weapons of Mass Destruction. There are well over 100 web resources to be found here. This resource originally recommended by the University of Texas. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/18/02.

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 Virtual Classroom

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Recommended because of its overview of the Middle East. This site was created for the classroom. Topics and materials include Many Things in Common, the Arabs, deserts, Bedouins, Oil, Dead Sea, Suez Canal, Aswan Dam, The Nations, and links. The Nations section includes a table of population density and includes nation, population, area, density, arable land, or Muslim population. The table can be sorted by any of these headings. Be aware of the fact that this site is suitable for students of all ages but is geared towards younger students. The information given is very simple and brief. This source recommended by the University of Texas.

Modern History of the Middle East (Washington)

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Recommended because of its extensive list of links to modern issues in the Middle East. Topics and materials include lists of links such as Current Political Issues, General, Algeria, Israel-Arab Conflicts & Accords, Arab-/Muslim-American, Jordan, Para-States & Freelance Groups: Abu Nidal, Bin Laden, etc., Kurdistan, Cyprus, Libya, Desert Storm/Iraq-Kuwait Disputes, Sudan, Iraq-UN Issues / WMD, Turkey, Iran, Western Sahara, Other Links, and Gulf States. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/18/02.

Nova Online: Treasures of the Sunken City

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Recommended because of its usefulness for K-12 teachers developing a teaching unit on Ancient Alexandria in Egypt. Strengths of this site include a complete explanation of the Ancient Lighthouse at Alexandria (as well as the other 7 wonders of the Ancient World) and how it was found, streaming video of the actual TV program, includes a teacher’s guide with ideas and suggestions from other teachers on lesson plan activities. Reviewed by Jennifer Nichols, 07/2003.

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.

Online Resource Book for Medieval Studies, ORB

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Recommended because of its extensive links and information on the Medieval period. Topics and materials include What’s New in ORB?, The ORB Encyclopedia, The ORB Textbook Library, What Every Medievalist Should Know, Resources for Teaching, Of General Interest, External Links, and more. This is an academic site maintained by scholars of Medieval studies.

Oriental Institute, University of Chicago (Texas)

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Recommended because of its extensive information on ancient history in the Near East. Topics and materials include table of contents, ABZU, research archives, museum, museum education, store, development, electronic resources, research & projects, and publications. I recommend using ABZU for its electronic resources, especially on Egypt and Mesopotamia. Also, visit the virtual galleries which can be found under the Museum link. Here there are several galleries including The New Egyptian Gallery, The New Persian Gallery, The Virtual Museum, Highlights from the Collections, and Photographic Archives. Here there are also lists to recommended readings. Follow Museum Education to find Outreach Programs, Loan Materials, and Teacher Resources. This resource was originally recommended by the University of Texas. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/03/02.

Ottoman Web Site

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Recommended because of its information on the Ottoman era. Topics and materials include Sultans, Profiles, Album, Events, Our Selection and Chronology. Under Sultans you can find information about each sultan and activities for which they are famous. Profiles lists information such as ranks, Sultanates & the Age of Sultans, causes of death, throne abandonments, etc. The Album link hosts miniatures, palaces, paintings, tugras(seals), maps and more. The Our Selection link hosts several important events, topics, etc. of the Ottomans and the Chronology link addresses dates from 1299-1924. This resource was recommended by UCLA.

Outreach World

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Recommended because of its resources on regions around the world. Affiliated with the National Resource Center network, this website contains peer-reviewed lesson units for educators.  Resources are searchable by region, grade level, subject, resource type, instructional strategies, or country.  On this website, you will also find news about various outreach activities currently taking place as well as upcoming workshops, conferences and professional development opportunities offered locally, regionally, nationally and overseas. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Palestinian Refugee Research Net

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Recommended because of its information on Palestinian Refugees. Topics and materials include UNRWA: Emergency Appeal for the West Bank and Gaza; Background including an overview, Middle East peace process, and key issues; Research Materials including projects, papers, documents, and internet resources; Related Activities including conferences, workshops, and dialogue; and Keeping Up-to Date where you can find the latest news. This resource recommended by Harvard University. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/18/02.

Persepolis Terrace (Chicago)

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Recommended because of its archaeological study of Persepolis, palace complex of Darius the Great. Topics and materials include archaeological blue prints of the palace including Palace Complex: Structures, Reliefs, and Inscriptions, The Throne Hall, The Gate of Xerxes, The Treasury, The Palace of Darius, The Palace of Xerxes, and much more. Each of these includes links to photographs demonstrating how the palace looks today. Good for older students. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/14/02.

Persian Heritage Foundation

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Be aware of the fact that this site is still under construction and most of the links are inaccessible. We will be removing this site from our list in 2-3 months if construction is not complete.

Persian Iran (Columbia)

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Recommended because of its information on Persepolis and the Achaemenian period of Persia. Topics and materials include a modern day Persian web site. For information on Persepolis follow the Tourism link and click on Persepolis. This site has a nice history of the city and places of interest including Pasargad. Click on the History link to find information on the Achaemenian Dynasty. Here you will get history, maps, and photos relating to this time period. This resource originally recommended by Columbia University. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/14/02. Be aware of the fact that we are currently experiencing technical difficulties with this site. Contact has been made and this site may be eliminated in the future.

Personal Diary of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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Recommended because of its first person account of the conflicts. Topics and materials include a photodiary with excerpts. The Diary Index includes entries, sections, what’s new?, links, and more. Entries can be viewed chronologically or by theme. Themes include Intifada, Ramallah, closure, Birzeit, Palestinian Authority, ‘On the Ground in Ramallah’, Hebron, Abu Ghnaim, demolition of my home, and media. Follow the Author link to learn more about the author, his printed works, and other activities. This resource recommended by Harvard University. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/18/02.

Petra (Texas)

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Recommended because of its clickable map of Petra, basic history written in simple terms. Topics and materials include clickable map, the Siq, the Khazneh, Royal Tombs, High Place of Sacrifice, El-Deir, links to other Petra sites. The home page includes a background and location information includinga link to the modern city of Amman. Each of the pages is highlighted with thumbnails (small photos) which you can click on to see an enlarged photo. There are several links embedded in the text which you can follow for more information or enlarged photos. This resource was originally recommended by the University of Texas. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/04/02.

Petra, The Great Temple Excavation

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Recommended because of its history of Petra in Jordan. Topics and materials include a history of Petra and the Nabataeans. There is also a photographic tour of the Great Temple. Click Excavations to obtain a summary of past excavations at Petra as well as 9 years worth of reports. This resource war originally recommended by the University of Texas.

Scrolls from the Dead Sea (Texas)

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Recommended because of its study of Dead Sea Scrolls and the region of the Dead Sea, Israel and Jordan. Topics and materials include an exhibit beginning at the Introduction-The World of the Scrolls link. Also included are links to the Qumran library, Qumran community, Today-2,000 Years Later, Conclusion, Outline of Topics and Objects in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Project Judaica, and a list of teacher resources on the Dead Sea Scrolls. I recommend the Introduction link to find a map of the region, the Qumran community link to learn more about this time period, and Resource materials for teachers to learn more about films, books, and other resources related to the Dead Sea Scrolls. I recommend using this in conjunction with the movie listed below, Secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls. This resource was originally recommended by the University of Texas. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/08/02.

Step Pyramid Complex of Djoser

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Recommended because of its interactive blue print. Egyptian complex, 2800BC. Topics and materials include an interactive blueprint of the Complex of Djoser. Click on different parts of the complex to see photos of how it looks today. I recommend following the Egypt Revealed link to find out more information on archaeology in Egypt. This resource was originally recommended by the University of Texas. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/04/02.

Teaching World History: A Resource Book. (1997).

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Recommended because it provides lesson plans and ideas that focus on cross-cultural exchange, global themes, and comparative analyses in order to teach historical thinking and inquiry. The book is divided into three parts: Part 1 explores approaches to teaching world history and provides world history curricular models; Part 2 explores world history topics and issues (i.e., gender, religion, art, environment, civilizations, political systems, literature, trade, technology, philosophy, etc.); Part 3 provides strategies and lessons for elementary through graduate-level students.

Citation: Roupp, Heidi (editor). Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharp.

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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 Complete Petra (Penn)

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Recommended because of its web resources on Petra. Topics and materials include annotated links to subjects related to Petra such as Overviews and Gateways which also includes a section on history,;Archaeology, Images, Travel & Tourism, Books & Videos suggests reading and viewing materials about Petra. There are many embedded words which provide additional information.

The Glory of Byzantium

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Recommended because of its overview of the first golden age of the Byzantine period. Topics and materials include an interactive web site including works of art, history, a timeline, glossary and a teacher’s resources.The Works of Art link includes photos of artwork from the Byzantine era. Click on the photos to get more detailed information. The Teacher Guide includes: Byzantine Art: An Introduction, Materials and Techniques, Class Activities, Discussion Topics. I recommend using the timeline to give yourself a nice overview of the Byzantine period which begins in the early fourth century, and ends in the 1400′s with the Ottoman Turks. This resource recommended by Columbia University.

The Gulf War

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Recommended because Recommended for its extensive reports on the Gulf War. Topics and materials include Iraq, Kuwait, Invite US Intervention, US Interests, Build Up, Air War, Ground War, Aftermath, Photos, Maps,and more. Photos are of the main players in the Gulf War including George Bush, Saddam Hussein, Colin Powell, and Norman Schwarzkopf. Be aware of the fact that this is about the first Gulf War. Recommended by Columbia University. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/18/02.

The Gulf War: An In-Depth Examination of the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf Crisis

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Recommended because of its resources and information on the Gulf War. Topics and materials include an Introduction, an Oral History, War Stories, Weapons & Technology, Maps, Voices in the Storm (A BBC Radio Series), Chronology, Appendix, Discussion, Tapes & Transcripts, and Related FRONTLINE Reports: The Survival of Saddam, Spying on Saddam, and Gunning for Saddam. Be aware of the fact that this is about the 1990-1991 Gulf War. This resource recommended by Harvard University. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/18/02.

The History Guy (Michigan)

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Recommended because of its information on wars and conflicts in modern history in the Middle East, created for use in the classroom. Topics and materials on “Operation Iraqi Freedom”, The No-Fly Zone War, Afghan Civil War, Attack on U.S.S. Cole, Operation Desert Fox, Saudi-Yemeni Border Conflict, U.S. Iraq conflict, and the Persian Gulf War. Each section includes Alternate Names of the Conflict, Belligerents, Dates of Conflict, Types of Conflict, Related Conflicts, Causes and Descriptions of Conflict, Consequences of Conflict, Casualty Figures, Unique Facts or Trends, and Sources. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/18/02. Be aware of the fact that you will need to scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the New and Recent Conflicts of the World link. There you will find a chronological listing of events.

The History Guy: Arab-Israeli Wars and Conflicts (Michigan)

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Recommended because of its information and listing of individual Arab-Israeli Wars. Topics and materials include Israeli War of Independence, Sinai War, Palestinian-Israeli Conflicts, Six-Day War, War of Attrition, Yom Kippur-Ramadan War, Osirak Raid, Israeli Invasion of Lebanon, Israeli Occupation of South Lebanon, Second Persian Gulf War, and Intifada. Some of these wars have links to further information highlighted in blue. Start by following theArab-Israeli Links Page, which is found above the chronological listing, to find further information on the individual Arab-Israeli wars and conflicts. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/18/02.

The Ottoman Empire

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Recommended because of its information on the Ottomans and their history. Topics and materials include 2 days of lesson plans complete with evaluation, extensions, suggested readings, links, and a vocabulary section with pronunciation sound bytes. Included is a link to the suggested accompanying movie, “Suleyman the Magnificent” available through Discovery School for $39.95. Be aware if you would like to preview the movie prior to purchase follow the “Suleyman the Magnificent” movie link. Here you will be given the option to watch a clip. You will need Real Player for this. Accompanying comprehension questions are also available for download. Follow directions on the screen. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/17/02.

The Parthian Empire

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Recommended because of its valuable information on Persia and Persian history (247-228 BC). Topics and materials include online information about history, geography, coins, art & culture, other resources. Start by following the History link to get an overview of Parthian history as well as find a Timeline of Ancient World Events. This resource originally recommended by Columbia University.

The Prophet and the People Who Opposed Him

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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.

The Travels of Ibn Battuta — A Virtual Tour with the 14th Century Traveler

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Recommended because of its virtual tour across many countries in the Arab World in medieval times. This site is created by a teacher for the classroom. Topics and materials include Morocco Across North Africa, Cairo, Egypt, On to Syria & Palestine, The Hajj: Medina to Mecca, Persia & Iraq, Further into Persia, The Arabian Sea & East Africa, Anatolia, The Steppe, Return to the Steppes, Delhi, Escape from Delhi, Malaysia & China, Return Home, Andalusia & Morocco, Journey to West Africa, and Writing the Story of Ibn Battuta’s Travels — The Rihla. Reviewed originally by April Lukacsko, 4/17/02.

Their Lands and Ours: Master map kit Middle East (Texas)

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Recommended because of its comparative analysis of geography of the Middle East. Topics and materials: Compares the countries of the Middle East, their populations, size, and geographic features with similarly sized states and areas in the U.S. Includes handouts. Reviewed by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas, 4/29/02.

Citation: Ellen-Fairbanks D. Bodman

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Travel Notes

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Recommended because the regional information and currency conversion. Topics and materials include a Middle East map with information pertaining to the different regions in each of the countries. For example, by clicking on Saudi Arabia information on its regions appears. Here the students can learn that Mecca, a Saudi region, is the birthplace of Mohammed and an important place of pilgrimage for Muslims. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 3/26/02.

War in Iraq

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Recommended because Recommended for discussion of and sensitivity to issues surrounding war in Iraq and prisoner abuse. New York, Independent Media Center at New York University. (NYU) Online film. Be aware of vidoes being about very sensitive subjects. May not be suitable for elementary and middle school students. Be aware that you will need Real Player to view this movie. Go to http://www.real.com for a free version.

Who are the Taleban?

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Recommended because of its insight into the Taleban. Topics and materials include an article on the Taleban with topics such as Who are the Taleban?, Anti-Corruption, Islamic State, Extending Control and links. I recommend also following the links (on the right hand side of the page) to Osama bin Laden: America’s Most Wanted. Here you will find another article titled ‘Who is Osama Bin Laden?’. This resource recommended by the University of Texas. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/18/02.

Women in Ancient Mesopotamia (Texas)

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Recommended because of its discussion of the lives of women in Ancient Mesopotamia. Topics and materials include a lesson plan from the Women in World History Curriculum that discusses women in Mesopotamia in relation to the Great Death Pit, the Temple of the Goddess Bau, Enheduanna, Erishti-Aya, Ishtar, an Assyrian business woman, and Hammurabi’s Code. This resource was originally recommended by the University of Texas. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/04/02.

World Atlas (Michigan)

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Recommended because it has a simple map of Middle East, and is a nice site for teachers and students. Topics and materials include colorful maps with options such as individual country maps, including brief descriptions and facts and figures, and a black and white outline map of the Middle East. On this site there are also sections where you can ask questions about the Middle East, obtain the definitions of country names, and find out more about country flags. This site is especially good for elementary students. I recommend printing the outline map to use as a ditto or quiz. Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 3/26/02.