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(Re)embracing Diversity

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Recommended because it focuses on understanding the culture of Muslim communities living in the US and abroad. The methods are well thought out, and the substantive knowledge in the hand-outs work to enhance cultural understanding rather than focusing on knowledge acquisition only. Start by perusing the instructors guide.

A Century of Islam in America(1987)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

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

Citation: Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck. Washington DC:

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Al – Islam

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

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.

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 Studies Notebook (1998)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

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 Be aware of the outdated material and references in the book.

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

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Are You Listening? Voices from the Middle East: Different Voices, Different Lives (1998)

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Recommended because it is Cambridge, MA: The Teaching Resource Center, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University. 176 pages. $15.00. (OSU) Recommended for its teacher’s guide to addressing a variety of stereotypes through stories and situations. Topics and materials include Introduction, Family Matters, Women’s Voices, Outsiders, Twists & Turns, Varieties of Love, Student Activities, Background Notes, and Glossary. Available for purchase through the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard. Send a check to — Teaching Resource Center, Center for Middle Eastern Studies 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. This guide is also on loan to central Ohio teachers through the OSU Middle East Studies Center. (See the OSU listing under Overview-Centers for more information.)

Citation: Carol Johnson Shedd

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Asian Governments on the WWW (Chicago)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its database of Middle Eastern country information. It includes links basic country profile information and links to other websites, organized by country. Start by looking at the List of Countries. Be aware of some sites that may promote and support violence against the United States. The links provided by the site are just links and does not support their political views. Additionally, this site is not updated frequently so some links are broken or do not guide you to sites that are no longer educational in nature. Look at the URL, and if it doesn’t end with an abbreviated version of the countries name, do not assume it is the site of an official institution.

Asian History on File (1995)

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

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

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Association for Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it addresses issues of women in the Middle East in an academic environment, not influenced by the popular media. Strongly recommended for teachers and educators developing a teaching unit on Islam, Women or Women and the Veil. Start by looking at the titles of articles in issues of the AMEWS academic publication the MEWS Review to get a feel for the type of scholarship. Be aware of the academic content of the site and its associated journal may not be an appropriate level for K-12. However, the content may be used in part for lesson plan ideas and lesson plan development.

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.

Between the Lines (1996, 30 minutes)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

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

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CAIR – The Council on American Islamic Relations

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its coverage of current issues within the Muslim community of America. It also includes materials and information on Islam and Muslims for outreach purposes. Links to local chapter CAIR representatives and speaker information is also available. Start by reading the section on About Islam . There are also materials available for reasonable prices with information that can be used in the classroom or in curriculum development.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Comparative Islam

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Recommended because it provides a variety of resources (links to all of them on one page which is convenient), each of them useful for presenting a different aspect of Islam and for giving a broader perspective on its history culture and peoples.

Contemporary Politics in the Middle East (2000)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it defines the Middle East and discusses Orientalism, Colonial Rule, Nationalism, Political Economy, War and Peace, Political Islam, Democratization, Women, and Ethnicity and Minorities.

Citation: Milton-Edwards, Beverly. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.

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Everyday Life in the Muslim Middle East

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Recommended because it focuses on the experiences of ordinary men, women, and children from Iran and Afghanistan in the east to Morocco in the west. This anthology vividly conveys a “grassroots” sense of Middle East culture and society today. The work locates Islam as a major influence in everyday life; however, it also demonstrates that other factors such as work patterns and community and gender relations are often based on traditions outside/older than Islam and that these too are of great importance in shaping individuals’ lives, beliefs, and hopes. Thirty-four selections include essays, short stories, poetry, and more.
Reviewed by AWAIR .

Citation: Bowen, Donna Lee and Early, Evelyn Indiana University Press, 2002

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Flag of Childhood: Poems from the Middle East

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

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

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Foundation for Middle East Peace (Harvard)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

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.

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

Heirs of Abraham

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Recommended because it provides concise, scholarly information about Judaism, Christianity and Islam, with discussion questions focused on the substantive knowledge which can help to provide a more nuanced understanding of the religions.

Helping Students Deal With Cultural Differences

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, May 10, 2004

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.

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Introduction to the Arab World

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because It provides the essentials about Arabs, including who they are and who they are not. Start by watching Part I. Part I is the most useful part of the video because it is only fifteen minutes long, but provides essential knowledge. Be aware of part III being out of date and perhaps not giving the best view of Arabs today, as it was created 10 years ago.

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Islam and Human Rights: Tradition and Politics (1999)

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Recommended because it tackles the question “Do Islam and Islamic law constitute real obstacles to human rights?” In this revised and updated edition, the author offers critical assessments of recent Islamic human rights schemes that dilute or eliminate the human rights protections afforded by international law and compares these both with the Islamic legal heritage and with international human rights law. Contesting stereotypes about a supposedly monolithic Islam inherently incompatible with human rights, Mayer dissects the political motives behind the selective use of elements of the Islamic tradition by conservative groups opposed to democracy and human rights. The third edition considers recent developments in human rights law and policy. From the Publisher.

Citation: Mayer, Ann Elizabeth. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press.

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Islam in America (1999)

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Recommended because it a much-needed introduction to one of the fastest-growing religious groups in America today, Islam in America surveys the history of Islam in the United States and profiles the life-style, religious practices, and worldviews of American Muslims, considering some of the many ways in which Islam has become an important and visible part of this society. “Introductions to Islam are abundant. But one with a focus on the American experience, written in clear, readable English, with a balanced approach, solid documentation, and a list of resources with helpful annotations, is rare. Jane I. Smith’s Islam in America has all these characteristics.” Middle East Journal.

Citation: Smith, Jane I. New York: Columbia University Press.

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Islam: Empire of Faith (PBS)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

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.

Lands, Peoples and Communities of the Middle East

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because of its information on Middle East culture. Topics and materials: Basic introduction to Middle Eastern contemporary culture, with a predominant focus on the Arab world. Many activities are suggested and provided. Available for loan through the University of Texas. (See Overview-Centers for more information.) Reviewed by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas, 4/29/02. Be aware of needing to follow the Outreach link to the Print Materials link to access information.

Citation: Juanita Will Soghikian (Texas)

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League of Arab States, Permanent Delegation to the United Nations (site under construction)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its information on Arab history and culture. Start by visiting the section about the Arab League for information on the League and its role in Middle East politics. Be aware of biased information on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the English version is under construction

Library of Congress Country Studies

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Recommended because the Library of Congress Country Studies are online versions of books in the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the US Army. Start by clicking on “Browse” which will take you to a page with lists of scores of countries. By clicking on a country of your choice, you will be taken to the table of contents for that country’s study. Each section of the table of contents is a hyperlink to the text of that section of the study. Be aware of the fact that each country is covered in very great detail, much more so even than in the CIA World Factbook. On the other hand, most of the information was published around 1996-97, so it is not quite as up-to-date as the CIA World Factbook website.

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 Information Network (Columbia)

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Recommended because of the general information it provides on the Middle East. Topics and materials include education, religion, news, countries, bookstore, business, library, travel and map room. Start by visiting the Countries link. Here you can find a wide variety of information on a given country including weather, politics, special interest groups, education, business & economics, non-governmental agencies, and more. Be aware of the site is primarily a list of links and not primary information.

Middle East Patterns: Places, Peoples, and Politics

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because Held revises the 2000 edition drastically to reflect the rapid changes since then, updating all the statistics, bibliographic references, and notes. He discusses the physical and cultural geography of the region as a whole, then focuses on specific regions within it. He has periodically worked in, studied, and done field work in the Middle East since 1957, and visited most recently with wife Mildred in 1997. Reviewed by booknews.com. Start by Update: there is new (2006) edition of this book, which is a very complete resource for country studies of Middle East nations.

Citation: Held, Colbert C. Boulder,CO: Westview Press, 2006

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Middle East Webquest

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Recommended because the site is a webquest/ lesson plan to teach students about the three main religions of the Middle East. Start by reading through the task, resource and process sections to see if this lesson plan is appropriate to what you are trying to accomplish.

Muhammad: A Short Biography (1997)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it offers an in-depth account of Muhammad’s life and explores his central role both in the early development of Islam and today. Fascinating reading for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. From the Publisher.

Citation: Forward, Martin. Rockport, MA: Oneworld Publications.

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Outreach World

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

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.

Saudi Aramco World Magazine

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Recommended because for its online classroom activities, designed for teachers implement themes from the current magazine issue. The magazine is free and includes excellent articles on contemporary and historic themes in the region as well as incredible photography (see review of PADIA for more of this). It is especially good for learning about the Arabian Peninsula. Start by checking out the “Classroom Guides,” found online as a companion to most current issues of the magazine. Be aware of the sponsorship of this magazine by an oil company.

Teacher’s Supplements for Middle Eastern Studies

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because of the cultural resources on the Middle East. Topics and materials: Teacher’s resource guide containing proverbs, folktales, folk songs, folk dances, recipes, a glossary of key terms, alphabets, numbers and greetings divided respectively between Iran, Israel, Turkey and the rest of the Arab world. Recommended for middle school students. Available for loan through the University of Texas. (See Overview-Centers for more information.) Be aware you will need to follow the Outreach link to the Print Materials link to access information. Reviewed by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas, 4/29/02.

Citation: Ellen Fairbanks-Bodman, Annette W.Pomeroy. Middle East Outreach Council. (Texas)

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Teen Life in the Middle East

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Recommended because it gives an overview of adolescent life in the Middle East, with examples of religious and cultural rituals, in addition to demographic and geographical information. Publicher’s description: This unique volume offers unprecedented insight into the typical day, interests, and familial, social, and cultural lives of Middle Eastern teens. Each chapter includes a resource guide to teach teens more about the 12 profiled countries: Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestinian territories, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Start by reading the review on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/031331893X/qid=1033479353/sr=1-8/ref=sr_1_8/104-6938913-7486337?v=glance

Citation: Mahdi, Ali Akbar Greenwood Publishing Group;ISBN:031331893X;(January 2003).

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The Arabs: Activities for the Elementary School Level ?- The Things that Make for Peace: Empowering Children to Value Themselves and Others (1991)

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Recommended because of its its activities geared towards children to promote tolerance and acceptance of Arab peers. Topics and materials: A teaching guide filled with suggested experiential activities aimed at fostering respect amongst children for their Arab counterparts. Recommended for primary school students. Available for purchase online through AWAIR at: http://www.telegraphave.com/gui/awairproductinfo.html. It is also available for loan through the University of Texas. (See Overview-Centers for more information.) Reviewed by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas, 4/29/02. Be aware of needing to follow the Outreach link to the Print Materials link to access information at the University of Texas.

Citation: Audrey Shabbas, Carol El-Shaieb and Ahlam An-Nabulsi

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The Concise Encyclopedia of Islam (1991)

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Recommended because interest in Islam is at an all-time high, and beginners who seek basic information about this world faith tradition will find an excellent resource in A Concise Encyclopedia of Islam. In short alphabetical entries from the Abbasids to the practice of zakat (almsgiving), Gordon Newby presents fundamental facts about the important concepts, people, places and movements in Islam. The entries are quite short (the note on Sufism, for example, is just over 40 lines long), but full of data. The appendices include a chronology, a list of the 99 divine names and a bibliography for further reading. Reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly.

Citation: Newby, Gordon D. Oneworld Publications, 2002

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The Institute of Islamic Information and Education

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its clear and concise explanations of the basics of Islam. Be aware of the organizations mission: “The Institute of Islamic Information and Education (III&E) is dedicated to the cause of Islam in North America through striving to elevate the image of Islam and Muslims by providing the correct information about Islamic beliefs, history and civilization from the authentic sources.” Be wary of anyone claiming to be “correct” or “authentic”.

The Middle East – Information – Country Profiles

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Recommended because of the useful information it provides about the Middle East. Information such as population, area, ethnic groups,economic information, etc can be found by clicking on a country on the left hand side of the main page. Maps and information about United Nations, oil, water, military, religion, and economics are also available. Resources will take you to an extensive list of links.

The Middle East and the Islamic World: Slide set with teacher?s guide

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because of its its introduction to the Middle East. Topics and materials: An introductory unit on the Middle East including a slide presentation and teacher’s guide and map handouts. Recommended for middle and high school students. Available for loan through the University of Texas. (See Overview-Centers for more information.) Be aware you will need to follow the Outreach link to the Print Materials link to access information. Reviewed by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas, 4/29/02.

Citation: Sandra D. Batmangelich (Texas)

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The Nation of Islam Online

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it provides a different point of view of Islam. The history of the Nation of Islam is described on this site. Start by clicking on the history tab on the left.

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.

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Turmoil in the Middle East: Imperialism, War, and Political Instability

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Recommended because turmoil in the Middle East highlights the impact of imperialism, war, and political turmoil in the Middle East throughout the course of the twentieth century – from the devastation of the First World War through the many crises and conflicts that have led to cycles of war, uprisings, coups, revolts, and revolutions. It focuses on the internal contradictions of Middle Eastern state driven by the dynamics of class conflict and class struggle in various realms of society and social relations. Berberoglu examines the political economy of long-embedded conflicts and crises in the Middle East, paying special attention to the role of powerful, external forces stemming from Western imperialism and led by Britain, France, and later the United States. From the Publisher.

Citation: Berberoglu, Berch New York: State University of New York Press, 2000

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U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it is a dependable source of information on the Near East. You will be able to find information on Regional Topics, such as Iraq, Middle East Peace, etc., and individual Country Information with links to Factbooks, Studies, etc. Start by reading the current news under Highlights on the mainpage.

Understand Arabs A guide for Westerners (3rd Ed.).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this is a thoughtful and enjoyable guide for people willing to traverse the desert of misunderstanding that separates them from the Arabs portrayed in the media with abundant demographic material certain to surprise less-informed readers and an extensive bibliography. The book covers such topics as beliefs and values, religion and society, the role of the family, friends and strangers, men and women, social formalities and etiquette, and communication styles. This edition includes a completely revised appendix on seventeen Arab countries.

Citation: Nydell, Margaret K. (Omar). (2002). Intercultural Press. $19.95.

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Understanding the Contemporary Middle East

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Recommended because scholars in fields as diverse as architecture, sociology, economics, and religion join Gerner (political science, U. of Kansas, Lawrence) in moving beyond the stereotypes of oil derricks and veiled women in a variety of discussions about the contemporary Middle East. Articles include examinations of the region’s geography and its impact on history; local, regional, and international politics; the economic realities of shifting from rural to urban economies; the changing position of women; and kinship and group dynamics. Reviewed by Booknews.

Citation: Gerner, Deborah J. (Editor) Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc,2000

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What Islam is All About, Student Textbook (1999)

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Recommended because (Sorry. There is no review at this time. )

Citation: Emerick, Yahiya. Long Island City, NY: International Books & Tapes.

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Women and Power in the Middle East

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Recommended because it is a collection of 17 essays analyzing social, political, economic, and cultural forces that shape gender systems in the Middle East and North Africa. Essays document the similarities and differences in the gendering relations of power in 12 countries, providing a framework for understanding broad patterns of gender in the Arab-Islamic world. Subjects include women and work in the Arab world, gender and social citizenship in Palestine, Algerian and Moroccan caricatures of the Gulf War, and women’s organizations in Kuwait. Essays were originally published in the , the journal of the Middle East Research and Information Project. Lacks a subject index. Joseph teaches anthropology and women’s studies at the University of California-Davis. Slyomovics teaches anthropology and women’s studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Reviewed by Book News.

Citation: Joseph, Suad and Slyomovics, Susan (Editors). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 2000

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You Think!

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

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.