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

Nutrition: High School Novice-High Lesson Plan

This lesson plan was produced by Arabic language teachers and is intended for use by Arabic language teachers in teaching the topic of nutrition to High School Arabic students at the Novice-High level. This resource was developed through the Qatar Prof …

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

Family: High School Novice Assessment

This assessment was produced by Arabic language teachers and is intended for use by Arabic language teachers in gauging the High School Novice Arabic student’s understanding of the topic of family following a unit on this topic. This resource was devel …

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

Family: High School Novice Lesson Plan

This lesson plan was produced by Arabic language teachers and is intended for use by Arabic language teachers in teaching the topic of family to High School Arabic students at the Novice level. This resource was developed through the Qatar Professional …

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

Family: High School Novice Unit Plan

This unit plan was produced by Arabic language teachers and is intended for use by Arabic language teachers in teaching the topic of family to High School Arabic students at the Novice level. This resource was developed through the Qatar Professional D …

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

Teaching the Book Tasting the Sky

This lesson utilizes quotes from Tasting the Sky to teach about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

People Who Help Us

Annenberg Learner, in partnership with QFI and WGBH, has produced seven videos for Arabic teachers that show classrooms emphasizing communication in Arabic through the use of the ACTFL World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. The collection is …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File, Online Tools, Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Annenberg Learner

Comparing the Weather

Annenberg Learner, in partnership with QFI and WGBH, has produced seven videos for Arabic teachers that show classrooms emphasizing communication in Arabic through the use of the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. The collection is …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File, Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Annenberg Learner

How We Spend Our Free Time

Annenberg Learner, in partnership with QFI and WGBH, has produced seven videos for Arabic teachers that show classrooms emphasizing communication in Arabic through the use of the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. The collection is …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File, Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Annenberg Learner

A Place I Call Home

Annenberg Learner, in partnership with QFI and WGBH, has produced seven videos for Arabic teachers that show classrooms emphasizing communication in Arabic through the use of the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. The collection is …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File, Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Annenberg Learner

Making Sales Calls

Annenberg Learner, in partnership with QFI and WGBH, has produced seven videos for Arabic teachers that show classrooms emphasizing communication in Arabic through the use of the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. The collection is …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File, Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Annenberg Learner

Making Plans

Annenberg Learner, in partnership with QFI and WGBH, has produced seven videos for Arabic teachers that show classrooms emphasizing communication in Arabic through the use of the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. The collection is …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File, Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Annenberg Learner

Learning to Listen: Teaching the Middle East Migration Crisis through Refugee Narratives

This lesson gives students the information and context to explore the human narratives of individual refugees from the Middle East, and to analyze those narratives to discover the causes of migration, the paths and obstacles migrants and refugees face …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Qatar Foundation International

Vegetables We Like

Annenberg Learner, in partnership with QFI and WGBH, has produced seven videos for Arabic teachers that show classrooms emphasizing communication in Arabic through the use of the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. The collection is …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File, Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Annenberg Learner

Teaching Arabic Overview Video

Annenberg Learner, in partnership with QFI and WGBH, has produced seven videos for Arabic teachers that show classrooms emphasizing communication in Arabic through the use of the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. The collection is …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Annenberg Learner

Refugees Around the World

Through this lesson plan, students will evaluate the essential question: How are refugee experiences unique and how are they universal? Students will learn about the refugee crisis in a more personal narrative and watch video clips depicting daily expe …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Qatar Foundation International

Syrian Refugee Crisis: #Is it my problem

Through this lesson plan, students will explore the concepts of collective and individual responsibility in relation to the refugee crisis in Syria. This lesson was originally created for middle school language arts but can be easily adapted for elemen …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Qatar Foundation International

The Faces and Voices of the Refugee Crisis

Through this lesson plan, students will analyze the stories of individuals to gain a more complete and empathetic understanding of the experiences of the refugees we see in the news. Students will evaluate the question: Who is a refugee? This lesson wa …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Qatar Foundation International

Déjà vu? An Analysis on the Holocaust and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Through this lesson plan, students will analyze how the Holocaust and the Syrian Refugee Crisis relate. Students will evaluate the question: How does history/historical events inform contemporary issues? This lesson was originally created for middle sc …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Qatar Foundation International

Beauty & Aesthetics: High School Intermediate-High Lesson Plan

This lesson plan was produced by Arabic language teachers and is intended for use by Arabic language teachers in teaching the topic of beauty and aesthetics, with a focus on Egyptian Art, to High School Arabic students at the Intermediate-High level. T …

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

Understanding the Refugee Crisis – What Would You Bring?

Through this lesson plan, students will independently brainstorm preconceptions about refugees, explore refugee narratives in a whole group and small groups, and compare and contrast the Syrian refugee crisis with other historical examples of migration …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Qatar Foundation International

Sports: High School Novice-Mid Unit Plan

This unit plan was produced by Arabic language teachers and is intended for use by Arabic language teachers to teach the topic of sports in contemporary life to High School Arabic students at the Novice-Mid level. This resource was developed through th …

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

Beauty & Aesthetics: High School Intermediate-High Unit Plan

This unit plan was produced by Arabic language teachers and is intended for use by Arabic language teachers in teaching the topic of beauty and aesthetics, with a focus on Egyptian Art, to High School Arabic students at the Intermediate-High level. Thi …

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

Children Like Us

In this lesson, students will engage in an interactive exercise celebrating the life and culture of young people across the world. The exercise is intended to show similarities and differences in the experiences of people, highlighting the life and cul …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format:
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Arab American National Museum

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

House Lesson Plan

A lesson plan is the instructor’s road map of what students need to learn and how it will be done effectively during the class time. This lesson plan is a model of an excellent lesson that was created by Rasha Elomeri from Bell High School. The lesson …

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

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

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

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

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

International Outreach Culture Guide: Palestine – Series 1 Secondary (7-12)

The following packet provides a brief summary and comparison of Palestine to American culture. The packet introduces cultural traditions and beliefs through specific instances, as well as broadly through the use of proverbs. Included are an array of gu …

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

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