In this article, Rashid Khalidi comments on the “sea change in perceptions about Arabs, Muslims and Middle Easterners” due to the Arab Spring. An excellent article–a must read for anyone learning or teaching about the Arab Spring.
Background information on Syrian protests. Written in December, 2011.
This article explores the changing images of Iran in the American media.
Explaining the interesting relationship between Syria and Lebanon.
Egypt’s sleeping giant has awoken. But what path will it follow now? Here are some readings that offer insight and analysis on who the Muslim Brotherhood are — and what they want.
This online course from Saylor.org offers great readings about the Middle East divided into 16 units.
Presents an explanation of 10 stages through which the two purportedly fraternal Arab countries have passed since they both gained independence after WWII.
Foreign Policy’s Middle East Channel is a vibrant and decidedly non-partisan site where real expertise and experience take priority over shouting, where the daily debate is informed by dispassionate analysis and original reporting all too often lacking from the stale and talking-point-laden commentary that sadly dominates most coverage of the region today. Its contributors range from academics to former policymakers, from journalists on the ground to established analysts — with an emphasis on introducing voices from Middle East itself. Most importantly, the Middle East Channel comes to you doctrine-free, open to political viewpoints of all kinds — but demanding honesty, civility, and genuine expertise.
This article answers the question: What have been the role of U.S. foreign policies and actions in the Middle East.
Amira al-Hussaini, GLobal Voice’s regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, is not just an excellent blogger–she also harnesses the regional online community to help aggregate some of the best content produced by Middle Eastern writers.
Is Islam compatible with democracy and human rights? Will religious fundamentalism block the development of modern societies in the Islamic world? Georgetown’s John L. Esposito demolishes some common negative stereotypes about Islam, the fastest growing religion in the world
This is the blog of a Turkish report for Today’s Zaman newspaper based in Istanbul, Turkey. He regularly posts analysis based on his own reporting.
A quick video breaking down the important news in Syria.
This blog offers an aggregation of traditional media, blogs, NGO sites, tweets, videos and more. It is written by Wael Abbas, an Egyptian blogger.
What is the role of the U.S. in perpetuating or resolving conflict in the Middle East? Examine the history, current events, and the future from all sides with some of the boldest opinion makers in the country, including Jimmy Carter, Colin Powell and Dinesh D’Souza.
This two-week unit plan was created for 9th grade Modern World History. In this lesson, students will analyze the effect of World War I on present day Iraq and consider the larger question, “How did WWI and its aftermath shape conflict in the Middle East today?”
The Arab-Israeli Conflict / Middle East Simulation (AIC) is a political and diplomatic character-playing simulation run by Interactive Communications & Simulations (ICS) at the University of Michigan. Its purpose is to immerse participants in the dynamics of national and international politics — and thereby help them to become aware of the complex nature of political reality.
An in-depth, multimedia look at the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its geopolitical repercussions.
This lesson was created by Jacqueline Pope and Tammy Hodgson at the Middle East Studies Center Summer Institute 2013: The Arab Uprisings. This lesson could be used in the US History classroom in the unit about the Bill of Rights or in the World History classroom in a unit about the Arab Uprisings
This lesson gives ideas for discussing current political reforms in Morocco.
This powerpoint presentation provides a brief history of Iran and valuable resources for teaching about the country.
Students will examine the reasons for the existence of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). They will consider the impact of this particular multinational economic organization on the world economy
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
In this lesson, students will learn to recognize visual stereotyping in political cartoons and to analyze its use.
by Kwen Peterson (Arab Spring-6th grade-History). In this lesson, students consider what causes a revolution by looking at revolutions through history and comparing them to 2010-2011 Arab Spring uprisings.
This lesson explores varying perspectives on the West Bank Barrier through two short commercials.
This lesson will help students understand the role Syria has played in Middle East politics over the past century and how now it might be at a crossroads of fulfilling it’s goals for a pan-Arab state and preserving its very survival. By developing a timeline on Syrian history and examining historical maps, students will gain an understanding of how Syria has had to adjust to outside influence and pressure against its goals.
This page hosts sample lesson plans and resources for teachers to use in designing a unit about refugees and forced displacement. The project derives itself from field research completed in Jordan and Lebanon during May and June 2013. These lessons are aimed at secondary school students.
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.
A teachers guide on how to approach the subject of war in the classroom.
This teaching guide provides films that can help students understand domestic and international politics in the decade following the September 11 attacks.
This lesson helps students consider the implications of a leadership change in Egypt on the protests for democracy throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
This lesson introduces students to the protests in Egypt, helps them consider the role of the media, and asks them to analyze the role of the United States in Egyptian politics.
This lesson helps students analyze the potential effects of the protests on democracy and stability in the Middle East and North Africa.
In this lesson, students explore the human, economic, social, and political costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This lesson plan teaches the causes and scope of Iraqi refugee crisis.
In this lesson plan, students compare and analyze various texts stating the many lessons we can learn from the war in Iraq.
In this lesson students analyze the issues that frame the current debate on U.S. policy towards Iran.
In this lesson students explore current issues in the Middle East and their relation to U.S. policy by interpreting political cartoons.
In this lesson, students investigate the variables that contribute to the cost of gasoline. They learn that while OPEC nations do influence the price of oil and thus the price of gasoline, other factors also influence the price.
In this two-day lesson, students will analyze the unprecedented events after the June 12, 2009 presidential election on Iran. The lesson provides teachers with background information on Iran’s political history and level of democracy. Students make an in-depth examination of events after the election by viewing various news segments. Students will then discuss the details of the historic importance of the events and write an op/ed essay on the chances for substantial democratic reform as a result of the events surrounding the June12th election.
This case study was created to help students understand the complexities of large-scale construction and development projects. Such projects often inspire an optimistic outlook; students will get a better sense of the many different benefits that such projects can have and the ways in which the quality of living can be dramatically improved. At the same time, students will gain an understanding that such projects have side effects, both positive and negative, that can extend across geo-political boundaries.
Developed by the University of Texas at Austin
A two-period lesson plan focuses on role-play and deliberation exploring four Policy Options concerning U.S. policy toward Iran today.
In this two-day lesson, students will look at the phenomenon of citizen journalism and the role it played in Iran during massive public protests that followed the June 12, 2009 presidential election. They will examine how the use of Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube are filling in the news void left after the Iranian government barred mainstream media coverage after the election. Students will take a critical look at the effectiveness and reliability of this new media on reporting the news and promoting political activism in Iran. They will then develop their own citizen journalism report. This lesson provides students ample background information on the historic roots of a free press and the use of citizen journalism.
This is a collection of student readings that provides an overview of Iranian-US relations from 1945-1997. Discussion questions and student activities supplement the readings.
In this lesson, students understand that the way electoral systems are implemented in a country affect the citizens of that country by comparing/contrasting with the U.S. electoral system
This lesson was created by Martha Kemple and Julie Johnson for the Middle East Studies Center 2013 Summer Institute: The Arab Uprisings