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Arab Youth Survey

The annual ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey, launched in 2008, is the largest survey of its kind of the Middle East’s largest demographic: its young people.

The aim of this annual survey, now in its fifth year, is to present evidence based insights into the attitudes of Arab youth, providing public and private sector organisations with data and analysis to inform their decision making and policy formation.

Read a review of the survey here.

April 6 Youth Movement (multimedia)

Read about the April 6 Youth Movement at PBS Frontline and watch the video that sparked the revolution.

Arab Youth: The Hopes of a Generation (audio)

Meghna Chakrabarti, Raj Desai and Khairi Abaza discuss the future the Arab Spring and the emerging opportunities for young people in the Middle East. Presented by America Abroad.

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.

Overlooked and Underpaid–Arab Youth in Today’s Economy (audio)

Nearly a quarter of Arabs under 30 are jobless. Long gone are the days of a guaranteed government gig, and the private sector is far from filling the gap. At best, unemployment and flagging Arab economies lead to a generation of bored and frustrated youth. At worst, economic conditions create a breeding ground for extremism and instability. Podcast from America Abroad

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.

Words and Deeds–Freedom of Expression and Arab Youth (audio)

In a politically stagnant region where absolute monarchies and authoritarian regimes restrict political activity and freedom of speech, what are the alternative channels for self‐expression? How do young people participate in the political, civic, and cultural spheres? And, what are the consequences of a large youth population frustrated by life under repressive regimes?  Podcast from America Abroad

Young and Restless: Youth Identity in the Arab World (audio)

The Arab world has the largest youth bulge on the planet. Millions of young people are living in a pressure cooker of social, political, tribal, and religious forces. In this podcast, America Abroad visits Jordan and Egypt and speak with young Arabs in America about their struggles with identity, and how globalization, Islam, and a turbulent region are shaping how they look at themselves, and the world.

Youth, from Your Middle East (text)

The Middle East’s younger generation have shaken their societies at the very core, and the change movement continues. Make sure you stay tuned with their ideas, choices and hardships.

psu logo edited Being Young in Iran: Kristine Bahareh Rabii and Monica Parisa Rabii

Video footage of presentation given at Middle East Studies Center Workshop, People, Power, and Protest: Iran.  In this  presentation, PSU students Kristine and Monica Rabii talk about what it’s like to be young in Iran.  View accompanying powerpoint slides here.

psu logo edited Life as an Iranian Teenager

by Lindsey Gillies (Iran-6th grade-Reading). In this lesson plan students read The Little Black Fish, an Iranian folktale, and create their own readers’ theater to learn about the lives of teenagers in Iran.

Salome: Politics and Music in Iran

In this lesson, created by Primary Source, students use primary sources (rap) to study current events in Iran.

Tawakkol Karman: An Exploration with Primary Sources

Tawakkol Karman, a Yemeni political activist and journalist, was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for her role in the nonviolent uprising against the autocratic rule of Yemen’s long-time president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Karman, known as the “Mother of the Revolution” in Yemen, was the first Arab woman, the first Yemeni, the second Muslim woman, and the youngest Nobel Laureate to date at 32.  In this lesson plan, created by Primary Source, students read and analyze Tawakkol Karman’s Nobel Lecture.

Teaching about Refugees

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.