Arabic Yoga Lesson Plan: English

This lesson plan serves as a guide for a 45-minute Arabic yoga class and is meant to be used by an Arabic teacher with students ranging in age from 4 to 7 years old. However, using thematic yoga lessons to teach Arabic can easily be adapted for any cla …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Elementary
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Arabic Yoga Lesson Plan: Arabic

This lesson plan serves as a guide for a 45-minute Arabic yoga class and is meant to be used by an Arabic teacher with students ranging in age from 4 to 7 years old. However, using thematic yoga lessons to teach Arabic can easily be adapted for any cla …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Elementary
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Salsali Private Museum

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 …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, UAE

Jameel Prize

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 …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: Victoria and Albert Museum

Graffiti and Street Art

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 …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

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 …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: Google Cultural Institute (host)

Islamic Art Now

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has not only an excellent collection of Islamic art from the early Islamic period through the 19th century, but also an excellent collection of contemporary works from the Middle East, many of which referenc …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Islamic Art – The Khalili Collections

The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art comprises over 20,000 objects including manuscripts of the Qur’an, illustrated manuscripts, calligraphy, ceramics, textiles, glass, metalwork, coins and seals. The images are wonderful, and the accompanyi …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: The Khalili Collections

Islamic Middle East

The Victoria & Albert has a wide collection of Islamic art. Unfortunately, the set of interesting Interactives that used to allow further exploration of the collection are currently unavailable. Annotation: See also the Victoria and Albert Museum’s …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: Victoria and Albert Museum

Islamic World

While the Walters’ collection isn’t the largest, it has one of the most impressive online collections. For its over 400 objects in the Islamic World collection, visitors can look at several views of very well described objects and zoom in to examine th …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland

Aga Khan Museum Collection Highlights

This online collection has beautiful images of objects in the collection with well-written and informative information on each. However, visitors cannot zoom into the images to see the smallest details. The collection is divided into architectural deco …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada

Harvard Art Museums

It can be a bit difficult to find what you’re looking for in the searchable online collection of the Harvard Art Museums unless you know how it is catalogued. Try using the filters under the “Place” tab for “Ottoman” and “Persia” for miniatures, for ex …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: Harvard University

Museum of Islamic Art

The MIA offers a variety of ways to access its collection online. You can explore their Highlights Tour, which features ten extraordinary objects from across the museum’s collections. There is also a special online tour of objects related to Science in …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: Museum of Islamic Art

A Global Guide to Islamic Art

This article by Blair and Bloom begins with a fine overview of Islamic art, and then surveys the best collections of Islamic art in museums across the globe. Unfortunately, the article does not give addresses for the websites of each museum whose colle …

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Metalwork Collection

The MIA has a strong collection of metalwork, highlighted through four major works: the oldest surviving Islamic astrolabe, a key for the Ka’aba, a statue of a hind, and a war mask. After exploring these, however, don’t miss going to the online collect …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar

Metalwork, Weapons, and Jewelry

Beyond the short but informative introduction, the value of this site is in the well-written descriptions of the objects in the collection and the high-resolution images. To see them, you must click on the “works of art” button, then select one of the …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: The David Collection, Copenhagen, Denmark

Islamic Metalwork: Techniques

Rubin gives a short overview of the types of objects created from metal and the development of Islamic metalwork over time, including descriptions of inlay techniques and motifs and symbols commonly used.

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Islamic Metalwork

This very brief introduction situates Islamic metalwork in the context of its Byzantine and Sasanian predecessors. It’s useful to look at the objects here in conjunction with the broader collection of Islamic metalwork in the Met’s galleries. A later h …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Iraq and China: Ceramics, Trade, and Innovation

This interactive online exhibition traces the reciprocal influences between Chinese and Iraqi ceramics. It is a fascinating look at how changing tastes and trading opportunities impact artistic production across cultural lines.

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution

Glass in the Islamic World

This specialist museum has an excellent article on “A Brief History of Islamic Glassmaking,” which surveys the important innovations of artisans in the Islamic world in glass production, but the real draw are the amazingly high resolution images of ite …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: Corning Museum of Glass

Islamic Ceramics Trail

This well-conceived website from the Ashmolean Museum walks visitors through the technical developments in the making of ceramics in the Islamic Middle East, with objects from the collection serving as illustrations of the various technological breakth …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, England

The Arts of Fire: Islamic Influences on the Italian Renaissance

This overview of a 2004 exhibition at the Getty tells the story of the Italian adaptation of both techniques and motifs of Islamic glass and ceramics. While few in number, the paired objects illustrate these influences beautifully.

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: The J. Paul Getty Museum

Textiles of the Middle East

This concise article manages to give a great deal of detail, especially on silk brocade, a type of fabric traded for “power dressing” in many societies. It also discusses the production of and trade in cotton and wool, as well as fabric dyes.

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain (a UPF film)

Symmetry and Pattern: The Art of Oriental Rugs

Carol Bier of the Textile Museum examines symmetry and pattern in the context of Oriental carpets, with a wonderfully curated online gallery showing examples of different kinds of symmetrical pattern. It’s a terrifically rich resource—but be sure to re …

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Islamic Textiles

This video describes the processes, institutions and trade involved in dying and weaving or knotting fabrics, and the uses of fabrics and carpets in Islamic societies and for trade.

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Streaming Video, Webpage
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Institution/Provider: National Endowment for the Humanities, American Library Association, and Twin Cities Public Television

Objects from the Hunt

This small but wide-ranging exhibition on “The Hunt: Princely Pursuits in Islamic Lands” features images and information on a wide variety of objects associated with the hunt, from manuscript illustration to falcon hoods, from ceramics decorated with h …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar

The Indian Ocean in World History

This rich website allows teachers and students to explore the world of the Indian Ocean through maps of seven world eras. In each era (the medieval and first global eras are particularly key for this study guide), explore the icons representing goods, …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

Europe & the Islamic Mediterranean AD 700-1600

This clearly written article traces the history of European interactions through trade with the Muslim societies of the Mediterranean. The objects featured are both from Islamic artisans and from Europeans who copied and sometimes surpassed the techniq …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: Victoria & Albert Museum

The Adventures of Hamza

This online exhibition is beautifully produced, and introduces the legend of the Prophet Muhammad’s uncle Hamza and his companions’ adventures as they travel the world spreading the message of Islam. The miniatures accompany textual explanations from t …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Streaming Video, Webpage
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Institution/Provider: National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tughra of Suleiman the Magnificent in “A History of the World in 100 Objects”

The website offers and image and a description of the signature seal of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent (also known as the Lawgiver), along with a Link to listen to the BBC radio program describing the role of the tughra and calligraphy at …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
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Institution/Provider: The British Museum and the BBC

The Arts of the Book in the Islamic World

This short essay describes the process of making a book in the 16th century, from making the paper, ink, pens and pigments, to copying the text and creating the illustrations to binding the pages. It also makes the important point that books were so hi …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: New York University

Muslim Life in Miniature: A Visual Tour through Two Persian Paintings

In this activity produced for the Middle East Outreach Council’s Perspectives curriculum newsletter, students walk through two impressive Persian paintings, examining both their historical context and the minute details the artist represents. Follow-on …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: Middle East Outreach Council

Arts of the Book and Miniature Painting

Dr. Ruggles here describes the importance of books, albums, and book painting in Muslim societies, and examines a number of different examples in detail. Includes as a primary source a 10th-century bookseller’s description of how books were transmitted …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: National Endowment for the Humanities, American Library Association, and Twin Cities Public Television

Islamic Art: In Paradise There Is Always Water

Michael Wolfe, co-executive producer of UPF’s excellent film “islamic Art,” writes a short piece about the important practical and symbolic functions of water in Islamic architecture and art. The article includes a 4- minute segment from the film on wa …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: Huffington Post

Islamic Art Spots: Gardens

This video, part of the Islamic Art Spots series within the Bridging Cultures project of the National Endowment of the Humanities, looks at Islamic gardens as both a symbolic parallel to paradise and as a representation of human beings’ productive inte …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: National Endowment for the Humanities, American Library Association, and Twin Cities Public Television

Mingling Cultures in Early Islamic Art

This video is part of a series associated with an exhibition between the State Museum of Berlin and on Early Capitals of Islamic Culture. This short piece examines the decorations on the gate to the Mshatta Palace, an Umayyad desert palace in Jordan, w …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Ottoman Women and the Visual Arts

This article looks at architecture and at textile production from the perspective of Ottoman women as patrons of architecture as well as of producers and consumers of textiles. The overview gives a good sense of the power and significance of elite wome …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: Turkish Cultural Foundation

Islamic Architecture of the Middle East

The V&A produced a series of short videos to give visitors to the museum a sense of the architectural setting for which many of the objects in the Islamic art galleries were made. There is a set of three videos on palaces (the Alhambra Palace in Gr …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Islamic Architecture

This site from Columbia University problematizes the idea of a unified “Islamic” architecture in the very short introduction, and then gives a wonderful series of interactive mosque plans and 360- degree panoramas of mosques and other sites from Spain, …

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Institution/Provider: Columbia University

Mosques and Religious Architecture

This video describes and Links various styles of mosque, from Spain to Egypt, Mali to Turkey, Morocco to Indonesia to Illinois. Dr. Ruggles discusses both the common elements of mosques dicatated by Islamic doctrine and tradition and the local influenc …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: National Endowment for the Humanities Muslim Journeys Project

Teachers’ resource: Exploring plant-based design through the Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art

While this rich resource is built around a site visit by students to the Jameel Gallery, much of the content stands alone and can be used in conjunction with the online images of object from the V&A’s collection. It includes articles and powerpoint …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art, Victoria and Albert Museum

Tilemaker: Mosaic Tile Generator App

QFI’s Tilemaker is a mosaic tile generator app that allows students to explore geometric design and to craft their own digital tiles using symmetry, tessellation and calligraphy. The engaging interface is easy to use, and the artwork produced is printa …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: Qatar Foundation International

Geometry as Islamic Art

This fascinating video looks at the role of mathematics and geometry in calculating the direction of prayer, directions and distance for navigation, and for aesthetic enjoyment. D. Fairchild Ruggles shows how incredibly complicated mathematical designs …

Language of Presentation: English
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Institution/Provider: The National Endowment for the Humanities Muslim Journeys Project

The Mirage of Islamic Art: Reflections on the Study of an Unwieldy Field

This long essay by leading art historians Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom challenges traditional definitions of Islamic art. It discusses the origins of the label “Islamic art,” as well as debates in the field among universalists who see Islamic art as …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
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A Refugee’s Story – Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is intended for educators to use digital media to contextualize the current refugee crisis stemming from Syria. Specifically, educators will utilize “Welcome to Canada”, a short film focused on a single refugee, Mohammed Alsaleh” and d …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File, Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Global Oneness Project

OneWorld Now! Arabic 1 Curriculum Map

OneWorld Now!’s Arabic I Curriculum Map

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: OneWorld Now!

OneWorld Now! Family and Friends Unit

A collection of materials from the OneWorld Now! Family and Friends Unit. This is Unit 3 from OneWorld Now!’s Arabic I class.  The material include a unit outline, vocabulary lists, PowerPoints, and activities.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: OneWorld Now!

OneWorld Now! School Unit

A collection of materials from the School Unit taught in Level 1 Arabic at OneWorld Now!.  The materials include a unit outline, vocabulary lists, PowerPoints for teaching vocabulary, and some activities.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: OneWorld Now!

OneWorld Now! Greetings and Introductions Uunit

A collection of activities from OneWorld Now!’s first unit in Level 1 Arabic.  The folder includes a unit outline, PowerPoints to present vocabulary, and some practice activities.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: OneWorld Now!

Arab World: High School Novice-High Unit Plan

This unit plan was produced by Arabic language teachers and is intended for use by Arabic language teachers in teaching High School Novice-High Arabic students about travel in the Arab World and the cultural significance of certain important historic s …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Concordia Language Villages