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1. Gaining Cultural Familiarity: Understanding Differences and Similarities

Students will be able to recognize differences and similarities between their own lives and the lives of other children living in a different country. Students will also be able to value the differences that may seem strange to them by allowing themselves to walk in the shoes of other children, and to think about similarities as well as differences.

2. Turkey: A Curriculum Guide for Secondary School Teachers

A description of the unique traits of Turkish culture. A description of the effects of political, economic, and cultural changes and how these changes shape present-day Turkey. Identification and explanation of the contributions of key historical individuals and groups in politics, science, the arts, and religion in Turkey. Examination of the evolving economic and political systems of Turkey, and

3. Restoring Women to World Studies

Restoring Women to World Studies introduces the notion of gender as a key social category and patriarchy as an important organizing structure in many societies and cultures. The unit then examines these concepts within case studies from the four regions. Each case study is meant to encourage students to address questions about gender roles in the different societies, either in a particular histori

4. Women's Rights in Morocco: Assessing the Impact of the 2004 Family Code

In February 2004 Morocco’s new Moudawana, or Family Law Code, went into effect and introduced the first truly significant reforms to the laws governing marriage, divorce, child custody and guardianship, marital property, and inheritance since it was originally promulgated in the late 1950s following independence from the French. In the West the Moudawana has been hailed as a victory for wom

5. Intolerance

Presentation by Rajmohan Gandhi, Director of Global Crossroads and Visiting Professor at Program in South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, UIUC.

6. Sacred Terror: Theirs and Ours

A presentation by Pervez Hoodbhoy, Professor of Nuclear Physics at the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan; Chairman of Mashal, a non-profit organization which publishes books in Urdu on women's rights, education, environmental issues, philosophy, and modern thought.

7. Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of the Religious Law of Islam

The fundamental concern of the project is how to ensure the institutional separation of Shari'a and the state, despite the organic and unavoidable connection between Islam and politics. The first part of this proposition sounds like 'secularism' as commonly understood today, but the second part indicates the opposite. This is a permanent paradox, which is part of the thesis, namely, that the relat

8. Explorers, Traders & Immigrants: Tracking the Cultural and Social Effects of the Global Commodity Trade

A primary-source document based curriculum unit for grades 9-12

9. People and Place: Sailing the Great Sand Sea

Part of the People and Place: Human-Environmental Interactions unit.

10. VIDEO: US-Arab Relations

This is lecture is presented by Hafez Al-Mirazi, host of Al Jazeera Arabic television talk show "From Washington" that highlights different issues related to US-Arab relations.

11. Criminal Trafficking and Slavery: The Dark Side of Global and Regional Migration

This resource contains a series of videos, Powerpoint presentations and papers discussing the issue of criminal trafficking and slavery on a global level. All resources were produced from 2006 Joint Area Centers Symposium sponsored by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's <a href="http://www.cgs.uiuc.edu/index.html">Center for Global Studies</a> and <a href=&quo

12. Egyptian Paper

How to make recycled Egyptian Paper in 10 easy steps

13. Egyptian Culture

A unit on exploring Egyptian culture using the Internet

14. Islamic Art

Lessons on Arabic script and geometric design

15. Basic Principles of Islamic Art

An Introduction to Islamic Art and Architecture

16. Exploring the Ancient Middle East

A unit on Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Kush

17. Arabic Clothing and Colors

A unit naming at least two articles of clothing and three colors in Arabic

18. How the Amazon Queen Fought the Prince of Egypt

By Tamara Bower (New York: Simon & Schuster / Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2005)

19. World Ecosystems Beyond Borders (WEBB)

A global environmental education curriculum

20. Africa Enslaved: Comparative Slave Systems Outside the United States

A Curriculum Unit for grades 9-12

21. From Arizona to Cyprus and Turkey in 2004

Kathryn Mahady

22. From Texas to Cyprus and Turkey in 2004

Laura Barker, Kathleen Pferd

23. From Ohio to Morocco in 2004

L. Mack van Allen

24. Are You Listening? Voices from the Middle East

An anthology of short stories and excerpts

25. The Storytellers

By Ted Lewin (Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books, 1998)

26. House of Wisdom

By Florence Parry Heide and Judith Heide Gilliland and illustrated by Mary Grandpré (DK Publishing Inc., 1999)

27. Habibi

By Naomi Shihab Nye (Simon and Schuster, 1997)

28. Islam

By Sue Penney (Heinemann Library, 2001)

29. Traveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta, 1325–1354

Written and illustrated by James Rumford (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2001)

30. Samir and Yonatan

By Daniella Carmi (Scholastic, 2000 [English edition])

31. Celebrating Ramadan

By Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith, photographed by Lawrence Migdale (Holiday House Inc., 2002)

32. The Breadwinner

By Deborah Ellis (Groundwood Books, 2002)

33. Women in the Middle East, Tradition and Change (revised ed.)

By Ramsay M. Harik and Elsa Marston (Franklin Watts, 2003)

34. 19 Varieties of Gazelle

by Naomi Shihab Nye (Greenwillow Books, 2002)

35. Witness to History: Afghanistan

By David Downing (Heinemann Library, 2004)

36. Teen Life in the Middle East

Edited by Ali Akbar Mahdi (Greenwood Press, 2003)

37. Mosque

By David Macaulay (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003)

38. The Librarian of Basra

By Jeanette Winter (Harcourt, 2005)

39. Historical Atlas of Islam

By Malise Ruthven and Azim Nanji (Harvard University Press, 2004)

40. Figs and Fate

By Elsa Marston (George Braziller, 2005)

41. Muhammad

Written and illustrated by Demi (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2003)

42. Tapestry of Travel

Contributions of Arab/Muslim civilization to geography and world exploration

43. Alia’s Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq

By Mark Alan Stamaty (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004)

44. Egypt: A Land of Firsts

This five-part lesson about Egypt is designed to help young students explore the similarities between themselves and the other humans who inhabit our planet.

45. People and Place: The Zabbaleen, Cairo's Garbage Workers

One of 12 lesson plans on People and Place: Human-Environmental Interactions

46. People and Place: The Southeastern Anatolia Project

One of 12 lesson plans on People and Place: Human-Environmental Interactions

47. People and Place: The Aswan High Dam: Egypt's Great Leap Forward?

One of 12 lesson plans on People and Place: Human-Environmental Interactions

48. People and Place: Curriculum Resources on Human-Environmental Interactions

Case studies address human adaptation to and modification of the environment

49. Hemispheres: The International Area Studies Outreach Consortium

Resources for teaching international studies to elementary and secondary school students

50. From Idaho to Morocco in 2004

Sara Daly


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