In addition to organizing professional development workshops, institutes, conferences, and other programs for teachers, CMES also makes publicly available stand-alone educational resources which anyone can use to further his or her knowledge of the histories and cultures of the Middle East.
Islam Fact Sheet 2017 and Visual Aids
Islam Fact Sheet 2018 [PDF] with a special section for educators about anti-Islamic sentiment.
Visual Aids for Islam Fact Sheet 2017:
- Distribution of Muslim Population Around the World [PDF]
- Ethnic and Linguistic Diversity across North Africa and the Middle East [PDF]
- Religious Diversity across North Africa and the Middle East [PDF]
CMES Bibliographies for Educators
- List of recommended texts on the Middle East and Islam [Google doc] This bibliography outlines essential texts for beginning and advanced students of Middle Eastern studies. It includes categories such as history, religion, literature, language learning, and more. This list is a draft that is still being updated and we welcome suggested additions.
- Short list of recommended resourecs on media representations and negative stereotypes of Islam and Muslims [PDF]. This bibliography was developed in conjunction with the CMES-Oak Park Public Library 2017-18 lecture series Understanding the World of Islam.
- The Arab Uprisings
- Learn Turkish via a Graphic Novel - Faruk Geç’s “A Letter from Germany” presented as an interactive module for self-study and classroom use. Adapted for students of Turkish by Ralph Jaeckel and Mehmet Süreyya Er.
- Maps (For more maps, including detailed linguistic and ethnographic maps of the contemporary Middle East/Southwest Asia, please see the Maps and Statistics Collections of Columbia University's Gulf/2000 Project website)
- Media Literacy and the Middle East
- Middle East and Islamic World: Image Set and Teacher's Guide - Updated in 2012, this resource was orginally a carousel slide set and teacher's guide developed by the University of Chicago's Center for Middle Eastern Studies and published in 1992. It addresses such topics as how the region came to be known as the "Middle East"; linguistic, ethnic, and cultural diversity; and the origins and development of Islam and Islamicate civilization.
- Middle East Photo Archive - University of Chicago, Regenstein Library
- Public Opinion Research and Data (under construction)
- Primary Sources for Teaching Middle East History (under construction)
- Teaching the Middle East: A Resource for Educators - This series of 18 learning modules was written by renowned scholars in the field of Middle Eastern studies and created in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities and three University of Chicago units: the Oriental Institute, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the eCUIP Digital Library Project.
- 'Jihad' - idea and history (by Patricia Crone, Institute for Advanced Study)
- What do we actually know about Muhammad? (by Patricia Crone, Institute for Advanced Study)
- Teaching about Islam and Muslims in the Public School Classroom - This is an excerpt from a handbook for K-12 classroom teachers. Published by the Council on Islamic Education, it provides a brief overiew of Islam written from the perspective of a practicing Muslim. The demographic information provided in this document is accurate for the time of publication (1998) but now is outdated.
Teaching Aids and Curriculum Guides
- Art of Arabic Calligraphy
- Arts of the Islamic World - A Teacher's Guide (Smithsonian Institution)
- Exploring Muslim Understandings of Islam (Ali Asani, Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies)
- Four Literatures of the Middle East (Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies)
- Glossary of Terms Related to Islam and Muslim Communities in Inter-Regional Settings (Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies)
- Guidelines for Teaching about Religion in K-12 Public Schools (American Academy of Religion)
- Islam - Fact Sheet (overview, basic principles, major groupings)
- Islamic Art and Culture - A Resource for Teachers (National Gallery of Art)
- Middle Eastern Calendars
- Music of the Arab and Islamic World (Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies)
- Traditional Muslim Names
- Transliterations of the Arabic Alphabet
Winter 2015 CMES Newsletter - Our most recent newsletter has articles written by CMES faculty, staff, and students that shed light onto the ISIS persecution of the Yazidi minority in Iraq, Egypt's political transformation since the removal of Mohamed Morsi, and the cultural significance of the Turkic languages of Central Asia.