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.

The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

About fifty beautiful manuscripts from Herat to Istanbul are featured in The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts exhibition. Celebrated for their superb calligraphy and lavish illumination, these manuscripts from the 8th to the 17th century—are critical to the history of the arts of the book. They were once the prized possessions of Ottoman sultans and the ruling elite, who donated their Qur’ans to various institutions to express their personal piety and secure political power. Each manuscript tells a unique story, which will be explored in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. A wonderful set of interactive teaching tools are featured–scroll down the page to find them.

PEW Research Center, Forum on Religion and Public Life

PEW Forum on Religion & Public Life – Issues The PEW Forum has a new resource with interactive maps on global migration of religious groups–both in- and out-migration– entitled Faith on the Move at http://www.pewforum.org/Geography/Religious-Migration-exec.aspx. The PEW Forum has a report on Global Christianity with interactive maps and data, as well as information on Judaism in the US and other affiliations worldwide. The PEW Forum’s  new 2010-2011 demographic report is The Future of the Global Muslim Population, including current data on a global as well as regional and country-by country basis. The executive summary, interactive maps and data tables is located at  http://www.pewforum.org/The-Future-of-the-Global-Muslim-Population.aspx.

Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean (lesson plan set)

Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean, a set of six teaching modules for world history and geography on cultural interactions over time in the Mediterranean region. Funded by the British Council as part of its Our Shared Past initiative. See Modules 3, 4, and 5 for lessons on religious and cultural interactions in the Mediterranean region over time, including interactions among Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and contemporary issues from the 19th century to today.

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.

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.

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.