Arab Society and Culture Resources

In the Arab Society and Culture section of Al-Masdar you can access various resources that can be used in your teaching about Arab culture. Content is presented thematically, featuring commonly discussed themes about culture and society as informed by teachers and the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) standards. The Browse section on this page allows you to make more specific searches on Al-Masdar, and also provides you with the option of searching for the newest in addition to the most viewed/recommended resources on the site.


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My Name and Beyond: Q Wheel Curriculum

Our names are tied to our cultural identity. Names are all around us and have a connection to the surrounding culture. Every name has a story: how we were named and how we name our children, brand names we like, finding a name for our businesses, namin …


Your Phone is Now a Refugee’s Phone

Directions: watch on a mobile If you had to flee your country, what’s the one piece of technology you would take with you? This striking film, designed to watch on a mobile phone, helps the viewer to experience with immediacy the confusion and fear fac …


Syrian Journey: Choose Your Own Escape Route

Description from BBC The Syrian conflict has torn the country apart, leaving thousands dead and driving millions to flee their homes. Many seek refuge in neighbouring countries but others pay traffickers to take them to Europe – risking death, capture …


National Library Archives Trace History of Qatar’s Flag
School Level: Elementary

This resource tracks the history and significance of Qatar’s flag.

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Benedetta Berti: The Surprising Way Groups Like ISIS Stay in Power

In this TED Talk, Benedetta Berti introduces how violent non-state actors like ISIS (ISIL)  stay in power by providing social services governments are unable to provide. This short talk succinctly makes this point within the context where more and more …


Middle East and North Africa Geography
School Level: Middle/High School

In this lesson plan, students learn not only the current geography of the Middle East and North Africa, but the historical geography as well. Students first learn to identify the countries of the region and map demographics in the region before explori …


The New York Times: Middle East

This is the landing page for the Middle East on The New York Times’ website. In addition to being an invaluable resource for news articles on current events in the Middle East, it also proivdes multimedia resources. Under the “multimedia” category stud …


Jadaliyya

Jadaliyya is an online news and academic journal sponsored by the Arab Studies Institute. Jadaliyya offers academic articles on current events and themes in the Middle East in multiple languages. Articles tend to offer critical insight into the Middle …



Arabic and Islamic Science and Its Influence on the Western Scientific Tradition

From the Library of Congress’ World Digital Library comes this set of articles detailing Islamic contributions to Western science. Four major topics covered are: mathematics, astronomy, medicine, and technology. Each topic includes a selection of relev …


Muslim Heritage

This website offers a variety of articles, slideshows, and videos covering contributions from the Islamic world to global civilization. Students can explore various historical figures, from cultural icons to medieval scientists, to learn how they have …


Nature Middle East: Emerging Science in the Arab World

Nature Middle East compiles articles on scientific and medical research performed in the Middle East and by people from the Middle East. Current articles are freely accessed, while archives may require a subscription. There is also a blog entitled “Hou …


Jadaliyya

Jadaliyya is an online news and academic journal sponsored by the Arab Studies Institute. Jadaliyya offers academic articles on current events and themes in the Middle East in multiple languages. Articles tend to offer critical insight into the Middle …