Curricula from past courses related to Islamic Studies.


Saudi Arabia: Sisters in Law

Secondary Level:

Secondary Curriculum created by Pulitzer Center Education, around research conducted by Katherine Zoepf is a fellow at the New America Foundation. Her first book, “Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World,” comes out this month. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, New York Observer, International Herald Tribune, Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times Magazine and elsewhere.


A Primer for Teachers: Syria’s Refugees

Important Questions and Answers about the Syrian Refugee Crisis for Educators along with an in-depth list of complimentary content resources to support student inquiry. A website created by the Middle East Policy Council


Backstory: Islam and the United States

Secondary and Community College

Podcast, lesson plans and background information for educators created by the The National Council for History Education “Backstory: Islam and the United States.”


Resources on Teaching about the Middle East

Primary and Secondary Levels

University Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona has resources for K-12 teachers: Their lesson plan page has a SEARCH ENGINE, so that you can search by grade, subject, and content area - simultaneously. Go to: There is everything from an awesome 3rd-5th grade lesson on "Water in the Desert" to middle and high school lessons in English, History, Geography, Current Events, etc....


Islam in Southeast Asia

Asia Society's Islam in Southeast Asia website contains curriculum ideas.


Historical Overview of the Region (Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines

Azlan Tajuddin, Associate Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department, La Roche College

Recomended Readings:

Tajuddin, A. 2012. "Malaysia in the World Economy (1824-2011): Capitalism, Ethnic Divisions, and Managed Democracy." Lexington Books; Lanham, MD. pp 55-82.
Osborne, M. 2004. "Southeast Asia: An introductory history." St. Leonards, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin. pp 1-39.
Osborne, M. 2004. "Southeast Asia: An introductory history." St. Leonards, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin. pp 129-154.


Islamic Patterns, Islamic Art

Primary, Middle and Secondary Levels (Can be adapted) Curriculum created by Carol Bier, Maryland Institute College of Art. Curriculum created for use in class on pattern in Islamic art taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.


Who Owns Antiquities?

Secondary Level

Deborah Rubin, professor of social work, Chatham College, 2007 Fulbright Hayes Group Projects Abroad participant

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:
• Describe the controversy about ownership and display of antiquities
• Give examples of several disputed relics
• Compare western and eastern interest and controversies regarding King Tut
• Describe the history of Ramses I and his return to Egypt


Religious Continuity and Change in Egypt

Secondary Level

Rebecca Denova, Lecturer of religious studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2007 Fulbright Hays Groups Projects Abroad participant


As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

• describe the ancient religious beliefs of Egypt
• compare and contrast ancient Egyptian and Islamic funeral rites
• recognize that many elements have remained the same, while historic events have produced changes.


Qasid Institute

Qasid Institute in Amman Jordan is a leading center in the Middle East for Arabic language learning. It offers a comprehensive curriculum on Classic Arabic for the modern age, taught over five distinct levels, taking a student from the proper pronunciation of letters to the level of mastery; graduating students who have applied themselves will find understanding an all-Arabic university course to be within reach, and translating general texts to be manageable. Students from age 15-65 can apply.


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