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Type Title
Curriculum Materials Building a Better World : Exploring Architecture as a Window into the Past

Rational: Since the earliest human civilizations, people and nations have challenged their technical ability and resources to build imposing structures perceived to have a critical function in supporting the public good. This is most evident in the five thousand years of architectural history standing in Egypt today. In this activity, students will research an example of architecture from various points in Egyptian history and produce a descriptive, narrative or persuasive writing reflecting their understanding of their assigned edifice.

Curriculum Materials Contemporary Egyptian Voices: Studying Literature to Learn about Modern Life and Culture in Egypt

Rational: In this activity, students think about how literature can represent a culture and society. They will read several short pieces of literature written by Egyptians in the last 50 years. As they read, they will identify cultural practices of contemporary Egyptian life and also create questions about the lifestyles of contemporary Egyptians. Students will then attempt to find answers to their questions and factual information that supports or negates the assumptions they made about modern life in Egypt.

Curriculum Materials A Political Analysis of Literature

Rational:The curriculum is designed around the novel The Day the Leader was Killed by Naguib Mahfouz. Mahfouz’s novel was chosen for its literary merit, but also because it is rich for discussion of history and literature of place; it addresses how the recent political history of Egypt has influenced Egyptian society.

Curriculum Materials Sufism: The “Heartbeat” and Soul of Islam?

Objectives:

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

• outline the fundamental beliefs of Sufism
• evaluate the role of Sufism within Egypt

See attached pdf file for full curriculum.

Curriculum Materials The Grand Mufti

Objective

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to discover a deeper meaning of the teachings and practices of Islam in Egypt, including the institution that interprets Islamic law applying it to individuals and to public law.

Curriculum Materials Different Types of Marriage in Islam

Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

• compare and contrast the practices of monogamy and polygamy in Islamic countries today
• analyze the various functions of marriage in societies, both historically and in modern times
• establish differences between practice and reality in Islamic traditions in regard to polygamy
• evaluate the similarities and differences between Muslim, Jewish and Christian practices of polygamy
• assess the implications of misrepresenting Islamic practice in western societies

Curriculum Materials The Muslim Brotherhood: Vanguard for Political Islam

Objective: As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

• explain the nature of political Islam
• analyze the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood as agents for socio-religiopolitical Islamic reform.

Curriculum Materials Islam and the West: Dialog of Cultures

Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

• Find in the media key issues of concern to Muslim communities
• Identify key issues of the American community
• Understand different perceptions of each others’ communities
• Define the terms “perceptions” and “dialog”
• Explain commonalities or issues where dialog may be able to occur

Curriculum Materials Gaza: A Human Rights Story

Rational: In July 2009, several teachers on scholarship traveled to Egypt for four weeks as part of a study tour of the country. While our stated goal was to witness Islam through an Egyptian Lens and produce curriculum for our classes on said topic, we found that an essential concern of the Egyptian people was the Israel/Palestine conflict, especially the December, 2009 war on Gaza. No matter where our discussions began, we often came back to this topic. Egyptians questioned why the U.S. government supported Israel and not Palestine.

Curriculum Materials A Mideast Conference: The Arab-Israeli Conflict

Rational: Popular misconceptions derived from broadcast and print media sources on both sides portray a position of absolutes. An unbiased study of the region is necessary to evaluate and understand the opposing viewpoints, position and acts of the principal parties involved in the conflict. No valid position or suggested solution can be formulated by students without understanding the geography, economics and social organizations of the region

Curriculum Materials The Qur’an and Islamic Art (Curriculum)

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

• explain how the Qur’anic prohibition of idolatry affects Islamic art.
• define basic terms - Qur’an, tawhid, shirk, idolatry, Arabic, calligraphy,
calligram
• use the calligram form to express an idea or image for themselves
• analyze how the Qur’an and Muslim culture have had impact upon the forms, techniques, and purposes of artistic work; explain the historical, cultural, and social context of representative works of Muslim calligraphy, e.g. a sultan’s seal, a contemporary calligram, a verse of the Qur’an, the name of Allah.

Curriculum Materials The French Invasion of Egypt and Its Legacy

Objective
As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

• Explain the motivation behind the French invasion of Egypt.
• Evaluate the impact of the French invasion of Egypt

See attached pdf file for full curriculum.

Curriculum Materials Who Owns Antiquities?

Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

• Describe the controversy about ownership and display of antiquities
• Give examples of several disputed relics
• Compare western and eastern interest and controversies regarding King Tut
• Describe the history of Ramses I and his return to Egypt

Curriculum Materials Religious Continuity and Change in Egypt

Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

• describe the ancient religious beliefs of Egypt
• compare and contrast ancient Egyptian and Islamic funeral rites
• recognize that many elements have remained the same, while historic events have produced changes.

Curriculum Materials Egyptians, Americans and Perceptions of Israel

Objectives

• Students will be able to compare and contrast American and Egyptian attitudes toward the State of Israel.
• Students will be able to analyze why Israel is a polarizing topic.
• Students will compare and contrast news and articles from American and
Arabic sources.
• Students will synthesize events in the past 50 years that have brought us to this point.

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