Joha Stories, Jokes and lesson plan

Joha Stories, a collection of stories and jokes from the famous universal Muslim character of wisdom and satire named Guha, Joha, Nasruddin Hoja in different cultures. Anecdotes and jokes poke fun at human foibles and contain kernels of wisdom. The lesson brings out the meanings and morals of the stories and explores why they are beloved across the Muslim world.

Syed, Sadaf. iCOVER: A Day in the Life of a Muslim-American COVERed Girl, iCreate Publishing, 2012.

In this picture book, Mrs. Syed captures moments in the day-to-day lives of these Muslim women, moments that the average American can relate to once they “embrace” the fact that she covers her hair. With each page, a stereotypes is shattered and the misunderstandings that surround the female followers of a faith of 1.3 billion diminish. iCOVER has garnered significant publicity both domestically and internationally. Also Available in BHS School Library.

Heide, Florence Parry and Judith Heide Gilliland (illustrated by Mary GrandPré). The House of Wisdom. New York: DK Publishing, Inc., 1999.

Non-fiction, illustrated story of the Abbasid era translation effort that brought the knowledge of the ancient world and many cultures into the Arabic language, where it was preserved, built upon and later translated into Latin in Europe, where it helped stimulate the Renaissance.