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Resources for Understanding Islam and the Arab World

   Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. Guides And Toolkits Guides to Muslim Religious Practices Reports And Surveys

   Being Muslim in America. 2009. US Department of State International Information Services 36p. Muslim life in America is summarized in a U.S. State Department booklet. The booklet was published by the State Department and the Bureau of International Information Programs (a State Department agency) in 2009. It includes profiles of American Muslims in various walks of life, demographic statistics, maps, a timeline, and a bibliography, in addition to many photographs. 

star   The Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS) is a collaboration of academic, non-profit, and religious organizations in the tri-state area ( Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia) CERIS facilitates program development and disseminates information on Islamic Studies to students, faculty, and the larger communities we serve. Islamic Studies encompasses many languages, literatures, and disciplines, and extends from the seventh century to the present and across broad geographical areas of the world. Teaching About Islam and Muslims in the Public School Classroom: A Handbook for Educators (1995), by the Council on Islamic Education, presents beliefs and practices of Muslims (8 p.)

star   Islamic Networks Group (ING) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to counter prejudice and discrimination against American Muslims by teaching about their traditions and contributions in the context of America’s history and cultural diversity, while building relations between American Muslims and other groups. Founded in 1993, ING achieves its mission through education and community engagement. We work through regional volunteers and affiliated organizations across the country who provide thousands of presentations, training seminars and workshops, and panel discussions annually in schools, colleges and universities, law enforcement agencies, corporations, healthcare facilities, and community organizations as part of cultural diversity curricula and programs. Lesson Plans on Muslims and Islam

star   (Re)embracing Diversity in NYC Schools: Educational Outreach for Muslim Sensitivity The curriculum (Re)embracing Diversity combines a wealth of information about Islam and Muslims with interactive classroom activities that foster the critical importance of tolerance and respect for ethnic and religious diversity. For the convenience of teachers, the curriculum is downloadable either in its entirety or as individual lesson plans depending on students' needs or interests. Also, most lessons include one or more handouts, but these must be downloaded separately from the instructor's guide. Handouts Zipped, Lou Cristillo, Project Coordinator is a Morocco RPCV Ouarzazate 78-81.

star   An additional resource on Muslim youth in the USA is This is Where I Need to Be: Oral Histories of Muslim Youth in NYC From Teacher College, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Education, Student Press Initiative, a dozen Muslim teenagers set out to document stories from the real-life experiences and feelings of their Muslim peers in public high schools. The result is a compelling collection of twenty-three oral histories which show the tremendous cultural diversity of Islam in the US. These are voices of teenagers living ordinary lives at a time when being Muslim in America can provoke “extraordinary” reactions from classmates and teachers, from friends and strangers, or even from one’s own family and kin. There's a curriculum guide that accompanies the book.

star   IslamiCity provides a non-sectarian, comprehensive and holistic view of Islam and Muslims. We cultivate peace, inspire action, explore positive solutions and encourage purposeful living through the universal teachings of Islam. We are active in the promotion of universal values, cooperation and dialogue among civilizations. Understanding Islam and Muslims

   Islamic Studies:  Islam, Arabic, and Religion.  This Islamic Studies website covers the areas of Islam, Arabic, and Religion (focusing on Western religions). It is particularly intended to be of use for students and teachers at all levels, as well for members of the general public who wish to get a non-polemical view of Islam (including Sunni Islam, Shi'ism, and Sufism) and to a lesser extent of Judaism and Christianity. "Islam and Islamic Studies Resources" is the website of Professor Alan Godlas of the Department of Religion at the University of Georgia

star  Islam Web is a site designed to enrich the viewers' knowledge and appreciation of Islam. Its aim is to provide the viewing community substantial knowledge about Islam, particularly the non-Muslim who may need clarification of common distortions of the media and misrepresentations of ill-informed followers. The purpose of this site is to increase the awareness of Muslims and non-Muslims alike about the mission of Islam to warn mankind of God's punishment and to give the good news of their salvation in Islam.

star  Archnet is a globally-accessible, intellectual resource focused on architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation issues related to the Muslim world. the Archnet Pedagogy Collection is to make well-crafted and practical resources publicly available for those teaching the subject of Islamic art and architecture. The collection provides useful aids in a variety of media that can assist instructors in how they might approach and understand this diverse and prodigious subject matter and its extensive historiography in order to teach it more effectively.

star  Arab Culture and Civilization is a now archived extensive on-line curricular resource on the Arab world produced by the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE). This site was conceived in the days following September 11, 2001 as the liberal arts colleges in NITLE's network struggled to help their students and faculty make sense of and respond constructively to the tragedy. The web site offers “Special thanks to Michael Toler for his excellent, diligent work in developing content for this site over the past year. His organization of diverse materials, scholars, disciplines, and areas has been both indispensable and exemplary.” Michael Toler is a Morocco RPCV serving 90-94 in El Jadida and Tangier

star   One Hundred Questions and Answers About Muslim Americans is part of the Michigan State University School of Journalism series on cultural competence. This guide has sections on culture, language, religions, social norms, politics, history, politics, families and food. The guide is intended for people in business, schools, places of worship, government, medicine, law enforcement, human resources and journalism-anywhere it is important to know more about communities. We intended this guide for individuals and for groups.

   One Hundred Questions and Answers About Arab Americans is part of the Michigan State University School of Journalism series on cultural competence.  This guide has sections on culture, language, religions, social norms, politics, history, politics, families and food.  The guide is intended for people in business, schools, places of worship, government, medicine, law enforcement, human resources and journalism--anywhere it is important to know more about communities. We intended this guide for individuals and for groups. 

   The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) at Georgetown University directs the nation's only Master of Arts in Arab Studies (MAAS) program. Our rigorous Arabic language training and multidisciplinary approach draw on the expertise of an academically diverse faculty. CCAS also hosts a rich calendar of public events, a Title VI-supported outreach program for K-14 educators, and a growing multimedia and publications programLinks for the Arab World and the Middle East are very good.

   The Middle East Institute's mission has been to increase knowledge of the Middle East among the citizens of the United States and to promote a better understanding between the people of these two area. In support of this mission, MEI offers program activities, language courses, scholars-in-residence and an academic journal. With these resources, MEI can provide members, the media and policymakers in-depth analysis of breaking events as well as an expert perspective on their genesis. 

   AMIDEAST is a leading American non-profit organization engaged in international education, training and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa. Today AMIDEAST programs and services touch the lives of half a million individuals a year – improving educational opportunities and quality, strengthening local institutions, and developing language and professional skills critical for success in the global economy. 

   TeachMideast is an educational outreach initiative developed by the Middle East Policy Council. TeachMideast is a resource designed primarily to give high school and community college teachers the foundation they need to teach about critical, complex and intriguing subjects. The demand for high-quality information and resources to enable educators to teach about the Middle East continues to grow. Since 1985, the Middle East Policy Council has offered free, non-partisan and highly-acclaimed presentations about the Middle East, Arab culture and Islam

star  American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee 
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is a civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage. Sources of information on discrimination against Arab-Americans is available on this website. is a principal online destination for people interested in dismantling bigotry and creating, in hate's stead, communities that value diversity. If you want to know how to transform yourself, your home, your school, your workplace or your community, is a place to start and continue the journey. Through its online well of resources and ideas, its expanding collection of print materials and its burgeoning outreach efforts, promotes and supports anti-bias activism in every venue of American life. Winner of the Webby Award for Activism and Electronic Multimedia Awards for both Education and Public Service.

star an excellent introduction as well as contemporary issues related to Islam in North America.

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