Women’s Rights and Marriage in Islam (lesson plan)

Women’s Rights and Marriage in Islam: This lesson helps students contextualize the film’s content about women’s rights, including those pertaining to marriage and divorce. Students compare Islamic teachings and ideals with the practice of Muslims in various cultural and national settings. For use with: Video documentary FRONTLINE: MUSLIMS or as standalone lesson on the topic.

Open Letter from 126 Muslim Scholars to Al-Baghdadi of ISIS/ISIL (primary source document)

A point-by-point refutation of the practices and propaganda put out by ISIS/ISIL by a consortium of 126 Muslim jurists and scholars, many of whom are signatories to other statements on proper Islamic perspectives in the face of extremism, such as the Amman Message, and the Marrakesh Declaration on minorities. Signed September 2014, list of signatories on last pages, and Executive Summary with numbered points.

Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes

One of the most misunderstood areas in Islam is the topic of women. From misconceptions about women’s role and rights, to images of Muslim women covered in black from head to foot, this is a topic that is often stereotyped in public perceptions. This curriculum sheds light on common stereotypes about Muslim women, the history behind them, and strategies for dispelling them. Consists of 7 lessons.

Medical Ethics in Religious Traditions: A Study of Judaism, Catholicism, and Islam 

Multiculturalism and its associated plurality of value systems is rapidly becoming the norm in modern medical practice. Given this increasing diversity, greater emphasis upon cultural and ethical competence in physician training is necessary in order to provide culturally sensitive and ethically sound care. Religious values shape ethical codes and are expressed in the cultural norms of subcommunities in a society. Thus, an understanding of religious values that may influence the clinical encounter is important. This paper provides an overview of the ethical constructs of the sacred law traditions of Judaism, Catholicism, and Islam and will outline approaches taken by each faith regarding medical ethics. It is hoped that the insights gained will aid both clinicians and ethicists to better understand these religious paradigms of medical ethics and thereby positively affect patient care through increased tolerance and understanding.

Marrakesh Declaration on the Rights of Minorities

Marrakesh Declaration on The Rights of Religious Minorities in Predominantly Muslim Lands: Legal Framework and a Call to Action. A statement by 250 Muslim scholars and jurists concerning the importance of respecting and protecting the rights of religious and ethnic minorities in Muslim majority countries.

Making Sense of Jihad vs. Hirabah (Terrorism) (lesson plan)

Making Sense of Jihad vs. Hirabah (Terrorism) This lesson helps students distinguish between the broad Islamic concept of jihad, and hirabah, a term used by classical Muslim scholars to identify unlawful acts of public violence that today would be labeled “terrorism.” Students will thus be able to critically evaluate journalistic or popular misrepresentations of the concept of jihad. For use with: Video documentary FRONTLINE: MUSLIMS or as standalone lesson on the topic.

Islamic Law: What is Shari’ah? Major Sources and Principles of Islamic Law

Islamic Law What is Shariah? Major Sources and Principles of Islamic Law lesson plan. This lesson provides background reading on the nature of Islamic law, and the role of legal scholars in making judgments according to Islamic legal sources. Understanding this material will help students evaluate Muslim approaches to contemporary social and political issues in Muslim countries and communities. For use with: Video documentary FRONTLINE: MUSLIMS or as standalone lesson on the topic.

Islamic Networks Group: Questions & Answers on General Islam

These Questions and Answers address Islam Basics and include some of the most repeatedly asked questions in an educational setting. They were adopted from Islamic Network Group (ING) with modification. ING has been delivering educational presentations about Muslims and their faith for over two decades.

Comparative Document Study–Human Rights and Religious Tolerance in Islam and in the French and American Enlightenment Traditions

Comparative Document Study–Human Rights and Religious Tolerance in Islam and in the French and American Enlightenment Traditions. Students read excerpts from three primary sources–quotes from Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen, and the Qur’an and Hadith. Students then determine similarities and dissimilarities between American, French and Islamic provisions for human rights and religious tolerance. For use with: Video documentary FRONTLINE: MUSLIMS or as standalone lesson on the topic.