Category Archives: Publications

These materials have been developed to help K-12 educators teach about topics in social studies, world history, and religious studies. Grounded in academic scholarship, and conscious of prevailing guidelines for teaching about religion, these publications provide valuable background information, lesson plans and other preparatory materials, student readings, handouts, and activities, bibliographies, glossaries, and other resources. Primary sources translated into English are heavily featured, along with critical thinking exercises. These units can be used in a flexible manner, according to your particular students’ needs and interests. Furthermore, these materials have been found to be of use in other educational contexts as well.

Beyond A Thousand and One Nights: A Sampler of Literature from Muslim Civilization

Beyond A Thousand and One Nights is a collection of primary source material taken from the writings of Muslim scholars, scientists, and historians. This collection is the perfect resource for any educator who wants to give their students an authentic introduction to the scope and variety of Muslim scholarship through the centuries.

  • Let African scholar al-Jahiz tell why paper is better than parchment, written just when that Chinese innovation was being adopted by the Abbasid Empire in Baghdad.
  • Read a page from Ibn Rushd’s (Averroes) commentary on Aristotle, a work that Thomas Aquinas read by candlelight, and get medical advice from al-Razi.
  • Let al-Khwarizmi introduce the new branch of mathematics called al-jabr (algebra), with formulas and word problems written in the 9th century, and learn why al-Biruni studied shadows.
  • Read beautiful lyric poems from Spain that became part of the romantic, chivalric tradition of medieval songs, and get plans for building a mechanical lamp and water fountain.
  • Laugh as you learn the simple wisdom of Goha, the universal “Charlie Chaplin” figure known across the Muslim world, and ponder deep questions raised by Muslim philosophers.
  • Follow Muslim geographers, scientists and travelers as they introduce chess and backgammon, make a pilgrimage to Makkah, and take a tour of 10th century Baghdad with one of its famous residents.
  • Find out what Egyptian scholar al-Jabarti thought of Napoleon’s invasion, and how the Syrian knight Usama viewed the Frankish crusaders.

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The Emergence of Renaissance: Cultural Interactions Between Europeans & Muslims

Here is a collection of teaching resources that links your classroom to the wealth of recent scholarship and historical thinking. From hemispheric trade to the history of science, from art, literature and architecture to luxury consumer goods, and from religious expression to the rise of colleges, The Emergence of Renaissance lets your students hear the voices and see the sights of places, people and fascinating artifacts that contributed to this formative period in Western and world history.

Covering learning standards related to medieval and Renaissance world history from virtually every state and national curriculum document, this flexible teaching tool contains dozens of illustrated texts, activities, literature and primary source readings. Teachers can utilize the materials for lecture preparation, for in-depth exploration of history in cooperative learning settings, and for student reading and classroom activities.

The complete collection can be implemented as a mini-course or teachers can implement one or more of the four segments or just individual texts and activities. A chart keys texts and activities to topics in the world history course, helping the teacher to select the right materials for middle school, high school, or mixed ability students. Useful in science, math, and art classes, too. Includes CD-ROM of 32 slide images.

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Images of the Orient: 19th Century European Travellers to Muslim Lands

This unit, developed by CIE and co-published by the National Center for History in the Schools at UCLA, provides a first-hand look, through historical primary sources, at the experiences of Europeans traveling to distant lands. Students gain insight into how the works of these travelers influenced the perception of Islam and Muslims in Europe from the nineteenth century onwards. Lesson topics include:

  • Pilgrims and Tourists
  • Colonial Officials
  • Archaeologists and Antiquarians
  • Political Figures
  • Artists, Architects, and Photographers
  • Literary Figures

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Muslim Women Through the Centuries

This unit, developed by CIE and co-published by the National Center for History in the Schools at UCLA, provides a first hand look, through historical primary sources, at the rights accorded to women by Islam, at how gender issues were actually addressed in classical Muslim society, and at the diverse roles that Muslim women played historically.

Lesson topics include:

  • Women’s Rights and Protections in Islam,
  • Gender Roles and Women’s Identities in Muslim Society,
  • Muslim Women Leaders Through the Centuries,
  • Famous Muslim Women as Role Models.

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The Crusades From Medieval European and Muslim Perspectives

This unit, developed by CIE and co-published by the National Center for History in the Schools at UCLA, provides a first-hand look, through historical primary sources, at the various types of cultural interactions that took place during the Crusades.

Lesson topics include:

  • Crusaders Living in Muslim Lands
  • Crusader Meets Mujahid: The Military Encounter
  • Salah al-Din (Saladin): An Ideal Muslim Leader
  • Ideals and Motivations for the Crusades, and the Muslim Response
  • Glimpses of Women’s Experiences

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Muslim Holidays: Teacher’s Guide and Student Resources (2nd Edition)

This new resource contains a teachers guide covering sensitivity issues pertaining to the needs of Muslim students in the public schools, especially in regards to the two major Muslim holidays. Also included are background readings, short stories, discussion questions and suggested activities for students. Students learn why Ramadan and the Hajj are important to Muslims, and how they celebrate the associated holidays: Eid al-Fitr, the festival of breaking the fast, and Eid al-Adha, the festival of sacrifice. Students also learn about the importance of Friday as a day congregational worship and community interaction, and about other important dates in the Islamic calendar.

Teaching About Islam and Muslims in the Public School Classroom (3rd Edition)

The third edition of this popular publication helps teachers with the challenging task of teaching about Islam and Muslims with clear, descriptive language. This resource contains:

  • Information on beliefs and practices of Muslims, including glossary of terms, charts and graphics
  • Section on sensitivity regarding Muslim students in public schools and their needs
  • Annotated list of recommended books, teaching tools, video tapes and computer resources, grouped by topic

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