Additional Resources

This page provides links to connect you to non-University of Chicago websites that provide valuable educational content and resources.

US Department of Education National Resource Centers for the Study of the Middle East (2014-2018)

Middle East Studies Centers and Programs

Israel and Jewish Studies Centers and Programs

Other Websites and Resource Pages

  • Afternoon Map - A cartography blog concerned with Ottoman, Turkish, Balkan, and Middle Eastern history.
  • Arabic Literature (In English) - A blog abot Arab literature in Arabic and in translation.
  • Archnet - developed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT Libraries, is a globally-accessible, scholarly resource focused on architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation issues in Muslim societies. By providing ready access to unique texts and media, Archnet facilitates high quality teaching, scholarship, and practice in these and related fields. 
  • Association for Israel Studies - The Association for Israel Studies is an international scholarly society devoted to the academic and professional study of Israel. The Association's membership is composed of scholars from all disciplines in the social sciences and many in the humanities.
  • Asia Society: "Islam in Southeast Asia"
  • Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy
  • Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys
  • Center for Arabic Language and Culture - An independent 501(c)(3), non-profit organization partnered with the Chicago Public Schools and the Qatar Foundation International (QFI).  The Center serves Chicago's K-12 Arabic teachers and students, as well as the greater Chicagoland community.  The Center is a unique and revolutionary language and cultural center that supports existing (and future) Arabic programs.
  • Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook - The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
  • Choices Program - The Choices for the 21st Century Education Program is a national education initiative developed at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies. The Choices Program provides teaching resources on historical and current international issues, offers professional development for classroom teachers, and sponsors programs that engage students beyond the classroom.
  • Electronic Middle East Sourcebook (EMES) - EMES is a peer-reviewed electronic publication of primary historical texts that seeks to bridge the gap between research and pedagogy in Middle East studies. 
  • Fordham University - Jewish History Sourcebook
  • Fordham University - Islamic History Sourcebook
  • Freer and Sackler Galleries: Arts of the Islamic World - Use this website to explore the Smithsonian Institution's impressive collection of ceramics, metalwork, Qur'an volumes and folios, and illustrated and illuminated manuscripts. Be sure to download a pdf version of the accompanying Teacher's Guide
  • GEEO - Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that helps and encourages educators to travel abroad.
  • Gulf/2000 Project: Maps and Statistics Collections - All maps and their accompanying texts that are hosted by Columbia University's Gulf/2000 Project website are original, authored and produced by Dr. Michael Izady. There are many excellent map images in this collection, both historical and contemporary, including ethnographic maps of Syria and the greater Levant.
  • Indian Ocean and Gloabl Trade
  • Indian Ocean in World History
  • Islam and Islamic Studies Resources - This website was created by Dr. Alan Godlas, professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Georgia.
  • ISLAMiCommentary - The Duke Islamic Studies Center (Duke University), in partnership with the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations (UNC Chapel Hill) and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, developed this online resource, which aims to inform public discourse and policy about Islam and Muslims. ISLAMiCommentary, a component of the Transcultural Islam Project, features expert analysis and commentary on Islam and the Muslim experience from a multitude of perspectives. In addition to aggregating and promoting content from other sources, it publishes original content under the i-Comment umbrella.
  • Israel Institute - The Israel Institute works in partnership with leading academic, research, and cultural institutions to enhance knowledge and study of modern Israel in the United States and around the world.
  • Listen to Learn - An interactive language instruction website for teaching the fundamentals of Arabic (MSA and dialects), Persian, and Turkish. This resource was developed at UCLA through a grant from the US Department of Education.
  • MERIP - Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP)
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: Art of the Islamic World, A Resource for Educators - Learn about the art and culture of the Islamic world and glean ideas for supporting studies of English language arts, math, science, social studies, world history, and visual arts. Each of the units presented on this can be downloaded as a pdf.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: Islamic Art and Geometric Design, Activities for Learning - Examine the principles of geometric design that are the basis for the beautiful and intricate patterns in the art of the Islamic world. Includes a brief overview of Islamic art, an introduction to related works in the Museum, and a series of pattern-making activities (including reproducible grids) for use in the classroom. Teachers can readily adapt these materials to create exciting lessons in art, culture, math, and geometry. The unit presented on this site can be downloaded as a pdf.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Islamic art collection - Browse the MET's collection of Islamic art, some of which is on display in its "Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia" galleries.
  • Middle East Outreach Council - A national network of resources and information about the Middle East.
  • openDemocracy - A digital commons with thousdands of essays and articles on issues of global importance. Contributors include leading scholars from around the world.
  • Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean - A world history curriculum project for educators funded by the Social Science Research Council and the British Council through the "Our Shared Past" collaborative grants program. This program was created to encourage new approaches to world history curriculum and curricular content design in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and North America.
  • Primary Source - A non-profit center for interdisciplinary social studies education. Primary Source promotes history and humanities education by connecting educators to people and cultures throughout the world. In partnership with teachers, scholars, and the broader community, Primary Source provides learning opportunities and curriculum resources for K-12 educators.
  • Princeton University Geniza Project
  • Project Look Sharp - A media literacy initiative of Ithaca College that develops and provides lesson plans, media materials, training, and support for the effective integration of media literacy with critical thinking into classroom curricula at all education levels.
  • Rethinking the Region - New approaches to 9-12 U.S. curriculum on the the Middle East and North Africa. Funded by the Social Science Research Council and the British Council through the "Our Shared Past" collaborative grants program.
  • Tahrir Documents - Initiated in March 2011, Tahrir Documents is an ongoing effort to archive and translate activist papers from the 2011 Egyptian uprising and its aftermath. Materials are collected from demonstrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and published in complete English translation alongside scans of the original documents. The project is not affiliated with any political organization, Egyptian or otherwise.
  • TeachMideast - Educational resources for K-12 teahers developed by the Middle East Policy Council.
  • United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine (UNISPAL) - Current and historical English-language United Nations documents concerning the question of Palestine and other issues related to the Middle East.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum: Math and Islamic Art and Design
  • World History For Us All - An innovative model curriculum for teaching world history in middle and high school. It is a national collaboration of K-12 teachers, college instructors, and educational technology specialists, and a project of San Diego State University in cooperation with the National Center for History in the Schools at UCLA.