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Islam Web Sites

This recent PBS addition examines Islam through stories of diverse Muslims. The “Frequently Asked Questions” is like “Islam 101” as it concisely explains the basic principles of Islam, including the most widely accepted definition of “jihad.” This site provides an abundance of fascinating facts about Islamic history, basic beliefs, and various other topics through its portrayal and interviews of various Muslims.

Internet Islamic History Sourcebook
The Internet History Sourcebooks by Paul Halsall are wonderful collections of public-domain and copyright-permitted historical texts for educational use. The Islamic Sourcebook’s documents are well organized and the breadth of the collection is impressive.

Muslim Scientists And Islamic Civilization
Much of the site focuses on Islamic contributions to learning, but there are many helpful history-related sections and features

Turning the Pages
Turning the Pages is an award-winning interactive display system developed by The British Library to increase public access and enjoyment of some of its most valuable treasures. Visitors are able to virtually “turn” the pages of manuscripts in an incredibly realistic way, using touch-screen technology and animation. There are currently fifteen treasures on display in Turning the Pages, including Sultan Baybars’ Qur’an.

Global Connections
Global Connections: Putting World Events in Context provides the background information needed to understand events occurring in the Middle East. The site includes original materials created in conjunction with the Centers for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard and UCLA. The site also aggregates and contextualizes the rich resources available throughout public broadcasting, including material from Frontline, Online NewsHour, NOW with Bill Moyers, Morning Edition, Talk of the Nation, and many others. Designed with educators in mind, the site is also useful for those curious to better understand the Middle East and its relationship with the West.

Mr. Dowling’s Electronic Passport: Crusades and the Rise of Islam
Mr. Dowling’s Electronic Passport helps kids browse the world in his virtual classroom. He introduces you to many civilizations with clear explanations, engaging graphics for kids, and “cool links”. His study guides, homework assignments, and exams are free and available for you to print or to edit.

A general site on Islam that also has comparisons of passages from Bible and Koran

Lesson Plans, Teacher Guides, Activities and more

The Fascinating World of Islam
Students will have the opportunity to learn about aspects of the world of Islam by using various research tools. They will then work with classmates in creating an ABC Book of Islam based on their research. Grades 6 -12.

An Introduction to Islam and Muhammed
Students will compare the major monotheistic belief systems of the world, use vocabulary sheets to help understand new vocabulary, and prepare a parallel timeline. Grades 6 -12.

Exploring Islamic Lands
In this high school lesson students explore what it’s like to be a teenager living today in an Islamic country in the Middle East. They will begin by gaining background information about the religion and the region from which it sprang by using the PBS series ISLAM: EMPIRE OF FAITH and other resources. Once students gain a historical understanding, they choose a particular modern day Middle Eastern country to explore in depth using resources such as the Library of Congress Web site and epals. In the end, they will create a personal narrative of what it’s like to live in that country.

How Many Wives?
Students will learn that religious texts are often used to establish cultural norms and rules of behavior. These ancient texts, however, are open to interpretation. Grades 9 -12.

Muslim Women Through Time
Students will learn that monolithic cultures and accurate stereotypes of Muslim women do not exist. A combination of factors affects the role of Muslim women as a group and individually over time. Grades 9 – 12.

Islam in the United States
This website could be used to find resources and also fun activities on the subject of Islam. This site would be most useful to a teacher looking for activities, or to someone studying Islam who wants to find helpful information and use different kinds of media pertaining to Islam. The layout is a bit confusing, but this site includes ratings for links and descriptions to Islam-related sites.

Top Ten Misconceptions about Islam
Article by Huma Ahmad from Jannah.org, an informational website created by a nonprofit dedicated to teaching about Islam.

The Islamic Quiz
Six levels of quizzes created by IslamiCity, another nonprofit devoted to promoting peace and justice.

Brief Review in Global History and Geography: Document Based Essays and Practice Tests
PH@School’s Brief Review in Global History and Geography Web site provides multiple-choice questions from actual Regents exams. You can also practice your test-taking skills on document-based essay questions (DBQs), with the option of e-mailing answers directly to your teacher for review.