Gender

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Arabs in America, Understanding and Articulating their ‘Arabness’

A book review of Nadine Naber’s new book, Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism (NYU Press, 2012), a great resources for the classroom.

Egyptian Women: Between Revolution, Counter-Revolution, Orientalism, and “Authenticity”

This blog posting, published on Jadaliyya, explores the representation of Egyptian women

Evaluating Women’s Freedom in the Middle East

An article about women’s rights in the Middle East

ReOrienting the Veil

ReOrienting the Veil invites you on a journey that explores Islamic veiling practices in transnational contexts and from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The site has multiple entry points for educators and students alike who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the nature, meaning and displays of Islamic veiling around the world.

Just a click away on Facebook, there’s a quiet revolution going on. The Uprising of Women in the Arab World is a space where supporters of women’s rights share their experiences and campaign for equality. Inspired by the Arab Spring protests, the collection of tweets, posts, and stories is a tiny glimpse into what life is like for women living in the Arab world, and why so many of them are fighting for change.

The Diverse Roles and Aspirations of Middle Eastern and Muslim Women

This article from Teach Mideast explores the roles and aspirations of Middle Eastern and Muslim Women

The Women’s Movement in the Middle East

This blog posting includes an article by Juan Cole about women and the Arab Spring as well as commentary.

What Factors Determine the Changing Roles of Women in the Middle East and Islamic Societies?

Discusses the role of woman in the Middle East and Islam and their struggle for equality while also dispelling stereotypes about gender oppression in Islam.

Wise Muslim Women

The Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE) is a
global program, social network and grassroots social justice movement
led by Muslim women.

Women’s Voices in the Modern Middle East (multimedia)

In media representations of Muslim women in the Middle East, images of veils, exoticism and oppressive silence are often standard fare. However, if we explore individual experiences and perspectives, it becomes clear that Muslim women defy one-dimensional stereotypes and that no single image can adequately represent such a diverse population. These primary sources provide us with an inside look into the complex lives of Muslim women in the Middle East, and showcase their efforts to carve out spaces in which their unique voices can be heard.

Contestant No. 2 (video)

How far can one young woman push a conservative culture? Duah Fares is an Arab-Israeli teenager and member of the Druze minority, a religious sect living predominantly in Israel, Syria and Lebanon.  When she changes her name to Angelina and sets her sights on the Miss Israel pageant, her tight-knit religious community balks. Miss Israel requires a bathing suit competition, but to appear that way in public would disgrace her family and even put her in danger from those who would rather see her dead than see the community dishonored.

Contestant No. 2 follows Fares and her family as they navigate the boundaries of traditional values while she tries to achieve her dream.

Representing Moroccan Youth (video)

As a woman elected as the youngest member of the Moroccan Parliament, Mbarka Bouaida provides a new perspective on Morocco’s social problems, the realities of life for Arab youth and efforts to combat Islamic extremism.

AAM sat down with Bouaida, chair of the Moroccan Parliament’s Committee of Foreign Affairs and National Defense and Religious Affairs, to discuss the challenges of being a young politician and her hopes for Morocco’s future.

Revolution and the New Middle East: A Talk by Mona Eltahawy (video)

Egyptian-born Mona Eltahawy activist and award-winning columnist – one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Shake The World” – discusses new democratic realities of the Middle East for women and young people and the Arab Spring two years on.

Women’s Rights, from Your Middle East (text)

The Arab uprisings were a call for freedom and dignity. But also for less patriarchal societies. Women continue to struggle for their rights, but they continue to face tremendous barriers.

Women’s Voices in the Modern Middle East (multimedia)

In media representations of Muslim women in the Middle East, images of veils, exoticism and oppressive silence are often standard fare. However, if we explore individual experiences and perspectives, it becomes clear that Muslim women defy one-dimensional stereotypes and that no single image can adequately represent such a diverse population. These primary sources provide us with an inside look into the complex lives of Muslim women in the Middle East, and showcase their efforts to carve out spaces in which their unique voices can be heard.

Arab Culture through Literature and Film

Arab Culture through Literature and Film is a five unit high school curriculum that provides students with knowledge and tools to analyze and understand the Arab world. The materials utilize a student-centered pedagogical approach that promotes critical thinking and respect and encourages engaged global citizenship. Through this curriculum, students will recognize shared themes across the region and gain a sense of the rich diversity inherent to the multidimensional cultures of the Arab world. Students will study life and culture in the Arab world and engage with primary sources including films, short stories, and poems. Exposing students to Arab voices and putting human faces on the Arab world will increase understanding and tolerance in the American classroom.

Lesson Plan: Religion in Culture & Politics: Women’s Empowerment in Syria

In this lesson, students will explore the role of religion in society and politics in Syria. They will watch a series of video clips showing Muslim women in Syria who are committed to living according to Islam without giving up their autonomy. Students will compare the ideas and actions of these women with their personal idea of women’s empowerment. They will then look at three quotes from the clips and explain in an essay what the women in the clips see as the role that religion plays in culture and politics.

psu logo edited Muslim Women and Soccer

This unit explores the role of sport and its impact on society, focusing on soccer in the Middle East.  Students will consider the challenges Muslim women face playing and supporting soccer in Iran and the power of soccer to encourage tolerance and peace. Created by Claudia Werner for the Middle East Studies Center workshop, Sport in the Middle East.

Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes

The curriculum is composed of seven individual lesson plans, each one of which focuses on a different section of the digital presentation Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes. Every lesson includes detailed notes that describe each slide in the presentation. In addition to the notes, each lesson also features post-presentation analysis, comprehension and discussion questions.

Pioneers in Pre-State Israel: The Women of the First Aliyah

Designed for students in grades 9 – 12, this chapter explores the role of women in the first Jewish migration, or Aliyah, to historic Palestine.

This chapter is from the Hemisphere’s “Restoring Women to World Studies” unit, produced by the University of Texas at Austin.

Political Cartoons: Differing Perspectives on Veiling and the Ban on the Burqa

Political cartoons are an excellent vehicle for exploring different perspectives on veiling and the ban on the burqa (the most conservative type of veiling) which has been implemented in some European societies since 2010, including France and Belgium. In this lesson, students are invited to explore some of the reasons behind laws on religious dress in some Muslim-minority societies as well as the multiple opinions surrounding these laws. They will analyze these comics in order to question particular points of view and begin to develop their own opinions about veiling.

Developed by University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, ReOrienting the Veil

ReOrienting the Veil

ReOrienting the Veil invites you on a journey that explores Islamic veiling practices in transnational contexts and from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The site has multiple entry points for educators and students alike who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the nature, meaning and displays of Islamic veiling around the world.

Representations of Veiling in Art

Students are invited to explore veiling in art produced over the last couple of centuries- in Orientalist paintings and photographs during colonial times up through contemporary treatment of veiling in art by both Muslim and non-Muslim artists. Students learn about how to read paintings and photographs and learn also what art tells us about the artist, the community/viewer of the time. This exercise will ultimately help to clarify the students’ own perspectives about veiling.

Developed by University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, ReOrienting the Veil

Rethinking the Region: New Approaches to the 9-12 US Curriculum on the Middle East and North Africa

This curriculum was born out of an extensive analysis of textbooks used in US high schools to teach about the MENA region. The authors identified five themes and developed detailed, web-based teaching materials to offer robust alternatives to 9-12 teachers.  The themes are as follows:

  • Women & Gender
  • Plural Identities
  • Empire & Nation
  • Political & Social Movements
  • Arts & Technology

“Save the Muslim Girl!”

by Özlem Sensoy and Elizabeth Marshall

In the years since 9/11, books like The Breadwinner and Broken Moon have become staples in many English classes. But does this young adult literature about Muslim girls build understanding or reinforce stereotypes?  Rethinking Schools, Volume 24 No. 2 – Winter 2009-10

Shadya: The Arab Israeli Experience & Muslim Feminism

These lessons use the Israeli movie Shadya to explore investigate the situation of Palestinian-Arab citizens of Israel and to explore some of the ways that Muslim women are fighting for gender equality.

 

Teaching about Rights: Historical Context, Contemporary Challenges

Comprehensive curriculum materials produced by the University of Texas at Austin. This lesson covers the history of human rights around the world, including the Middle East and North Africa.

The Arab World: Islam and Feminism in the Age of the Arab Renaissance

From the unit “Restoring Women to World Studies” from the University of Texas at Austin.

The Hijab Between Secularism and Piety

The purpose of this lesson is to elicit discussion on the contemporary meaning of the jihab and various reactions it draws from different cultures. To be used with the article “Damned if you Do, Damned if you Don’t.”  By the Council on Islamic Education

Veiling in Film

For what reasons does one practice veiling? How have these reasons changed, adapted and evolved over time within different regions and cultures? In Muslim-minority societies, what are some of the benefits or disadvantages of veiling? Students can explore these questions as well as others through the lens of film in this lesson. Also, students have a chance to delve into questions of voice and context when deciding how to treat information that is put in front of them.

Developed by University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, ReOrienting the Veil

Who Wears a Veil?

In this lesson, students will define stereotypes and learn how common misperceptions foster visual stereotypes about Muslim women. Students will identify famous women and learn about the significance of the veil in different cultures.

Women in Iran

In this lesson from the Choices program, students will explore their perceptions of women in Iran and then learn how women’s lives actually are by gathering information from scholarly videos.  Students will practice note-taking skills and consider the possible effects of perceptions on international relations.

psu logo edited Women in Islam

This lesson plan explores stereotypes of women in Islam.  Written by Claudia Werner.

Women’s Rights and Marriage in Islam

The lesson provides information on marriage and the general legal rights of women according to Islamic law. Quotations from the Qur’an and the Sunnah illustrate the spirit and substance of the ideal of marital relations. By the Council on Islamic Education.

World Regions: A Focus on France: Muslim Citizenry in France and a Comparison of Laws on Religious Dress in France, Turkey, and Uzbekistan

This lesson offers an introduction to French ideals of assimilation and secularism, and also provides a comparative view of laws between France, Turkey and Uzbekistan. Students work with newspaper articles to glean information regarding how France views the practice of veiling and people who veil and how citizenry is conceived. This is an interesting view into some of the challenges faced by Muslim immigrants living in a Muslim minority society.

Developed by University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, ReOrienting the Veil

World Religions: Islam, the Quran and the Hijab

We learn through media and our personal relationships that veiling is associated with Islam. However, it can be unclear to many non-Muslim students (and perhaps even to Muslim students) exactly why some Muslims veil, why some do not, and how their religious beliefs shape these decisions. This lesson gives students an introduction to the Quranic passages and gives them a chance to understand how veiling is discussed in this sacred text. This lesson includes visual resources which can be accessed here.

Developed by University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, ReOrienting the Veil