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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Salsali Private Museum
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The collection of this private museum, founded by Ramin Salsali, features a variety of contemporary artists from across the region. The museum also aspires to create a community of artists, collectors and galleries and to contribute to the development …


Jameel Prize
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The Jameel Prize is an award for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition. It aims to “explore the relationship between Islamic traditions of art, craft and design and contemporary work as part of a wider debate about Islamic culture a …


Graffiti and Street Art
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The site hosts a short video of Tunisian “calligraffiti” artist eL Seed creating a mural Titled, “I’m taking back purple,” a reference to the fact that the former Tunisian ruler, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, often used the color purple and it was associate …


Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
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The Google Cultural Institute hosts the online collection of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, located in Doha, Qatar. The 90 items showcased in the online collection include some that reference traditional modes of Islamic art, such as calligraphy or …

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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 …


Religion in Culture & Politics: Women’s Empowerment in Syria: Lesson Plan for the Light in Her Eyes
School Level: Middle/High School

In this lesson, students use video clips from the film, The Light in Her Eyes, to explore the role of religion in society and politics in Syria. Through images of Muslim women in Syria committed to living according to Islam, students will examine how I …


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 …


Cities of the Future: A Case Study, Masdar City
School Level: Middle/High School

One of the five themes of Geography is human-environment interaction. Throughout history, people have found ways to change, adapt to, and exist within the environment. As populations continue to grow and there is need for increased urbanization around …



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 …