Sport in the Middle East
In this workshop, educators will explore the use of film to teach about the roles sport plays in a variety of cultural contexts throughout the Middle East. Author, scholar, and editor of the recent book, Soccer in the Middle East, Alon Raab, will lead multiple sessions.
Download the workshop agenda here.
An annotated list of Middle Eastern films about sport.
Clips presented by speakers during the Sport in the Middle East workshop.
This bibliography contains book and article titles and links to learn about sport in the Middle East.
A collection of articles about sports in the Middle East. Published by the Middle East Institute.
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This lesson explores the diversity of Israel through the soccer film Forerunners (Israel, 2006)
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.
This lesson explores varying perspectives on the West Bank Barrier through two short commercials.
During this lesson, students will learn about Muslim feminism and explore the ways that Muslim women are fighting for gender equality. Through movie and text, they will hear specific voices and experiences of Muslim women in different arenas such as sports, politics, education and business
During this lesson, students will investigate the situation of Palestinian-Arab citizens of Israel and how the film Shadya draws attention to a population rarely exposed in the media. Students will then use their research skills to take a deeper look at a minority group in another country and present their findings and recommendations online. Watch the film here.
This week long teaching unit for the Language Arts classroom explores elements of the Middle East through reading and writing. Students learn about stereotypes, the Israel-Palestinian conflict, gender and sports. Created by Brittany Richmond for the Middle East Studies Center workshop, Sport in the Middle East.