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

Arabic Multimedia Collection

This is an online resource with interactive games and learning applications to further educators’ and students’ understanding and appreciation of the Arabic language. It offers resources on arts, culture, music and history.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File, Webpage
School Level: College/University
Institution/Provider:

Worlds Within Worlds: Imperial Paintings from India and Iran

This online exhibit of Mughal painting contains a fine gallery of images, into which viewers can zoom to examine small details of each painting. In addition, some of the images also contain audio recordings of readings of the texts which the images ill …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Smithsonian Institution

حقوق الطفل – من حقي طفولتي

A short video good for teaching some phrases about children’s right. The video shows some incidents and children stating their rights in safety, protection, education, and expression. It is good to teach about many aspects of the Arab culture that migh …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Sadek Al-Ramadan

Qiyas

This website provides a variety of information about assessments for all levels of education to assess educational achievements in order to elevate the efficiency of educational institutions. Arabic teachers could use this resource as a reference when …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: National Center for Asessment in Higher Education

Observatory of Education

Observatory of Education launched in Saudi Arabia and undertakes a variety of higher education concepts such as studies, planning, follow-up and others. This link is specific to higher education, and teachers could access a variety of tools and resourc …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Media Format: Downloadable File, Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: College/University
Institution/Provider: KSA Ministry of Education

مدونة تعلم للغة العربية

Throughout this blog, teachers could access a variety of materials to teach Arabic grammar to students. Grammar in this page is explained and then examples are given to demonstrate the rules. For example: اقسام الكلمة وانواعها يُعْتَبَرُ تحديدُ نوعِ ال …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: مدونة تعلم

معايير تعليم اللغة العربية للتعليم العالي

This document discusses the standards of teaching Arabic in higher education (common and specialized). Most of the document reflects the standards in grammar and the expectations from students. The standards are ones that are used in Saudi Arabia. This …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: College/University
Institution/Provider: National Center for Assessment in Higher Education

صناع المبدعون والإبداع

This website could be a good reference for teachers trying to develop units or materials to teach technology. A variety of resources written and spoken are available with its Arabic translation terminology. The questions and answers section provides ex …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Media Format: Downloadable File, Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: مراد التعليمى

GCC Joint Production Institution

The GCC is a joint program with all the Arabic Gulf countries with headquarters in Kuwait. This site provides a variety of information about the organization, and its mission. The site provides great authentic materials ( articles, videos, and other ma …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Media Format: Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: College/University
Institution/Provider: Gulf Cooperation Council Joint Program Production Institution

اللغة العربية ومشاكلها المتشابكة تحول دون صنع برامج رقمية لها

This article sheds light on the reasons why it is difficult to create any digital resources for Arabic Language. This article could serve as a resource for teachers, or administrators. Arabic teachers could use the article to teach reading comprehensio …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University
Institution/Provider: Arabiclanguageic

Arts of the Islamic World: A Teacher’s Guide

The following resource is an overview of historical Islamic art, including lesson plans suggesting activities and curriculum from the material in this guide. The content could be use for all education levels. Table of Contents: Overview of Islam The Ka …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World

This beautiful and very accessible film journeys through a variety of spaces and times to take a fresh look at interesting themes in Islamic art, including The Word (calligraphy), Space, Ornament (incorporating both geometric and vegetal designs), Colo …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Unity Productions Foundation

Miniatures from the Topkapi Museum

Bilkent University hosts the online collection of the Topkapi Museum, and has a particularly fine collection of paintings. While Ottoman miniatures depicting actual events form a significant portion of the collection, there are also early works from Ba …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Bilkent University Department of History

Visual Poetry: Persian manuscript painting

An online exhibit from the Freer and Sackler Galleries, the Visual Poetry exhibit traces the development of imagery in Persian manuscript paintings and their relationship to the text from the 15th to the 17th centuries.

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Smithsonian Institution

Shahnama: 1000 Years of the Persian Book of Kings

This online version of a 2011 exhibit at the Freer/Sackler Galleries on the Persian epic poem allows visitors to click on any image to see it close up. It has an overview of the text, but the real treat here is the variety of featured images from the c …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Smithsonian Institution

The Koran Does Not Forbid Images of the Prophet

In contrast to traditional claims that Islam does not allow figural art in religious contexts, Dr. Chistiane Gruber carefully documents the development of religious arguments on figural representation and depictions of the Prophet in Islamic scholarshi …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Newsweek

Figural Representation in Islamic Art

This short, clear essay on Islamic art from the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, argues that “Although the often cited opposition in Islam to the depiction of human and animal forms holds true for religious art and architecture, in the secular sphere …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Vegetal Patterns in Islamic Art

A variety of objects from the museum’s collection illustrate the concepts in the short but lucid background essay which tracks the development of vegetal patterns from Byzantine antecedents through an experimental diversity that culminated in a fully d …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Tiles of Infinity

Physicist Peter Lu discovered in 2005 that the elaborate geometric patterns in Islamic tilework from about 1200 are based on patterns that modern mathematicians have only recently learned how to describe. In 1974, Sir Roger Penrose showed how two shape …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Aramco Services Company

Inscribing Meaning: Writing and Graphic Systems in African Art

This fascinating exhibit by the Smithsonian Museum of African Art and the Fowler Museum at UCLA juxtaposes a wide variety of writing systems in African art and daily life, much of it contemporary. This is a great opportunity to compare the use of Arabi …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution

Calligraphy in Islamic Art

This short article with accompanying objects and descriptions makes the point that calligraphy acts as text, as talisman, and as ornament. The objects include pottery, work on paper, metalware, glass and textiles from a variety of times and places, sho …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Islamic Art

This concise and informative essay brings together both a good short definition of Islamic art with an emphasis on its secular and historical context and the artistic achievements in glazed pottery, metalwork, book painting, textiles, glassware and woo …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Nature of Islamic Art

The definition of Islamic art given in this article is a traditional one that insists that Islamic art has unified and distinctive attributes related to the religion itself: “As it is not only a religion but a way of life, Islam fostered the developmen …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Islamic Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

LACMA’s definition of Islamic art incorporates both the mainstream idea of an overall sense of connection among works of Islamic art and a recognition of its regional diversity. The full website focuses on not only exposing readers to the fine examples …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Museum Associates dba the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Learning Through Creativity: Ali Asani on the Role of Art in the Classroom

One important strategy for teaching the arts is to have students create, not just learn about a particular tradition. This five-minute video from Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning features Dr. Ali Asani’s use of creative art projects …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University

Karameesh

This YouTube channel provides viewers with beautiful songs, and videos that are directed to teaching Arabic language and culture and it raises awareness of some of the current events, and challenges that the Arabic speaking world is passing through. Th …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Media Format: Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: karameeshchannel

Al Mintar

This site provides a variety of materials for teachers to teach Arabic from Arabic language curriculum to best practices, and strategies. This site could be used in a variety of ways, teachers could utilize it to design curriculum, and to conduct profe …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Media Format: Downloadable File, Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Al-Mintar

Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning

This website contains a variety of resources directed to teaching and learning the Arabic language by the Center for Open Educational Research & Language Learning ( COERLL). The mission of this website is to provide resources for teachers and PD th …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL)

Arabic E-Learning

This website provides teachers with a list of Arabic e-learning websites. Students as well as teachers can access the opportunities to extend learning or could use the links to get some ideas for creating materials and units for Arabic instruction. Som …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: University of Durham

Telling the Story of the Arab Spring Through Graffiti

During the Arab Spring, city walls were often the only places where artists could talk back to tyrants. The map includes 32 examples of graffiti from Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria and Bahrain. Each instance has two points: the first point, in red …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Online Tools
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Crossing Boundaries, St. Lawrence University

Sudan Open University

This website is for Sudan Open University. The site has variety of articles, and information about education that could be of interest to teachers to read. Teachers could utilize this website to teach about higher education, resources, and vocabulary u …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University
Institution/Provider: Sudan Open University

مجمع اللغة العربية

This website is for the Arabic Language Academy in Palestine. This council was created as the importance of the language has decline after the Israeli occupation. Therefore,  a group of educators and professionals created this council to enliven the te …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider:

History of the Middle East

The Middle East has a rich and complex history that has been influenced by various empires, religions, natural environments, and cultures. This collection of resources includes essays and multi-media materials that help teachers unpack the historical c …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Middle East Policy Council

Yemen: Country Profile

This comprehensive country profile introduces readers to Yemen. It includes a basic overview of Yemeni demographics and geography. It introduces readers to the history of the country beginning in 1200 BCE, addressing the British control over the area, …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Middle East Policy Council

United Arab Emirates: Country Profile

This comprehensive country profile introduces readers to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  It includes a basic overview of UAE demographics, geography and history. It addresses the people and society of the country, including a brief discussion of educa …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Middle East Policy Council

Turkey: Country Profile

This comprehensive country profile introduces readers to Turkey. It includes a basic demographic overview along with an introduction to the geography of Turkey, including its climate, topographic features, and environmental problems. Readers are introd …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Middle East Policy Council

Saudi Arabia: Country Profile

This comprehensive country profile introduces readers to Saudi Arabia. It includes a basic demographic overview along with an introduction to the history and geography of the country. The profile offers a brief discussion of religion in Saudi Arabia al …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Middle East Policy Council

Syria: Country Profile

This comprehensive country profile introduces readers to Syria. It includes a basic overview of the demographics and geography of the country and a comprehensive history. The history begins in the third millennium BCE, touches on Syria during and after …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Middle East Policy Council

Tunisia: Country Profile

This comprehensive country profile introduces readers to Tunisia. It includes a basic demographic overview along with a historical overview of the country, an introduction to the population of Tunisia, and a brief discussion of religion in Tunisia. The …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Middle East Policy Council

Haya!

This website was designed in collaboration with STARTALK mainly to develop standard based Arabic teaching in the United states. This is a resource for teachers where they can learn about the national standards for teaching Arabic Language and how to bu …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: STARTALK & National Capital Language Resource Center

The Arabic Language

The main website contains information about Beirut in Arabic. The information is inclusive an all in Arabic showing tourism, and culture throughout the website.  However, this particular link contains information about Arabic language focusing on liter …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: YAbeyrouth

Qatar: Country Profile

This comprehensive country profile introduces readers to the Kingdom of Bahrain. It includes a basic demographic and geographic overview along with an introduction to the history of Qatar and the Qatar Foundation. It touches on important regional and i …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Middle East Policy Council

7 Maps That Explain the Middle East

This resource is an article written in a guest post to the Forbes website by George Friedman, an expert in intelligence and international geopolitics. The geography, topography, ethnic makeup, current state and historical background of the region of th …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Forbes Media LLC

How Arab Youth See the Middle East

Donald A. Baer, chief executive officer of Burson-Marsteller, and CFR’s Steven A. Cook join NPR’s Deborah Amos to discuss public opinion trends among Arab youth, including perceptions of economic opportunities, religion, and the self-proclaimed Islamic …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Streaming Audio, Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Council on Foreign Relations

Lebanon: Country Profile

This comprehensive country profile introduces readers to Lebanon. It includes a basic demographic and geographic overview along with a comprehensive history covering topics including Lebanon following World War I, the French Mandate and Lebanese indepe …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Middle East Policy Council

Libya: Country Profile

This comprehensive country profile introduces readers to Libya. It includes a basic demographic and geographic overview along with a historical introduction to the country, beginning with the presence of the indigenous Berber population, through the Is …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Middle East Policy Council

Morocco: Country Profile

This comprehensive country profile introduces readers to the Kingdom of Morocco. It includes a basic demographic, geographic and historical overview. The profile discusses international and regional issues including its relationship with the Western Sa …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Middle East Policy Council

Oman: Country Profile

This comprehensive country profile introduces readers to Oman. It includes a basic overview of Omani demographics, geography, history, and government.  It includes information about religion in Oman along with the education and healthcare system. The p …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Middle East Policy Council