By Alex Barna, The University of Chicago
Teaching about the Middle East, Arabs, Muslims, or Islam in a contemporary high school or college classroom presents certain pedagogical challenges.
By Joan Brodsky Schur, Village Community School
The vilification of the “religious other” is nothing new in America and in fact has a long history. This lesson is designed to shed perspective on the sources and nature of today’s anti-Islam rhetoric by looking back to a period of virulent anti-Catholicism in United States history.
By Edward E. Curtis IV
In addition to spawning passionate debates in the public, the news media and the political class, the proposal to build a Muslim community center near Ground Zero in New York has revealed widespread misconceptions about the practice of Islam in this country -- and the role of mosques in particular.
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By Barbara Petzen, Middle East Policy Council
I'm sure many outreach professionals and teachers are aware of Lena Khan's award-winning short film, A Land Called Paradise. Under five minutes long, this gem is a wonderful introduction to the diversity of the Muslim community in America. The film, set to Kareem Salama's country song of the same name, shows a variety of American Muslims with simple placards, each telling the world one thing they want everyone to know about them--a simple premise, and incredibly effective. The film won the grand prize in One Nation Foundation's inaugural film contest in 2007, and is freely available online.