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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Media Construction of the Middle East: A Digital Media Literacy Curriculum

This curriculum provides teachers, college faculty and other educators with the materials needed to engage students in a dynamic, interactive, and constructivist process of interpreting history and current events. It is designed to support the teaching …


Nadia Al-Sakkaf: See Yemen Through My Eyes

In this TED Talk, Nadia Al-Sakkaf talks about her vision for Yemen’s future, with a focus on the role of women in society. Al-Sakkaf is the chief editor of the Yemen Times, the most widely read English-language newspaper. She and her paper play an impo …


Reel Bad Arabs-Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is meant to accompany the film, “Reel Bad Arabs.” Based on the research conducted by Dr. Jack Shaheen, this documentary discusses the manner in which Arabs have been portrayed throughout cinematic history. The documentary specifically …


Teachers’ Resource: Exploring Calligraphy Through the Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art

This lesson from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London examines the use of calligraphy in Islamic art. The lesson uses readings and visual examples to explore style in art from the Middle East. Although the lesson plan includes a visit to the Vict …



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 …