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K-12 Resources

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Please find below some resources for teaching about Islam and Muslim societies especially at middle- and high-school level. This is a far-from-exhaustive list of resources. If you have any suggestions, please contact us at


The American Academy of Religion on Teaching Religion in K-12

Columbia University Library

Committee on African Studies at Harvard University
Michigan State Univeristy – African Studies Center
Muslims and Stereotypes project at UNC

Middle East
University of Pennsylvania Middle East Center
University of Chicago Middle East Center
Encyclopedia Iranica
Middle East Research and Information Project

Audio and Visual Resources
Stanford Abbasi Program iTunes Channel
Stanford Abbasi Program Vimeo Channel
Stanford Abbasi Program YouTube Channel
Harvard Middle East Center

Video Library
Harvard Webinars

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection (University of Texas)
Maps of the Islamic Middle East ( Princeton University.)
Islamic Heritage Project (Harvard University)
Mapping the Global Muslim Population (Pew Research’s Religion and Public Life Project)

Art, Architecture, and Music
Smithsonian Collection of Islamic Art (Online Gallery)

Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Islamic Art Department

Islamic Art Exhibit – at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Islamic Art, Architecture, and Music online teaching links – provided by the University of Georgia.
Victoria and Albert Museum’s Jameel Prize Exhibition
Graphic Novels
Hip Hop
Arabic literature

Art activities
Metropolitan Museum of Art – Islamic Art and Geometric Design
The David Collection

Documentary and Other Films
Online Ayatollah (Al Jazeera)
Divorce Iranian Style (Iran, 1998)
Talking to the Taliban (interviews, 2008)
The Lizard (Iran, 2004)
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (US/Pakistan, 2012)
Taxi to the Dark Side (US, 2007)
A Separation (Iran, 2011)

Gender and Islam Online
Women’s Worlds in Qajar Iran (1796-1925)
ReOrienting the Veil

Recommended Reading

  • Norman Calder, J. A Mojaddedi, and Andrew Rippin. Classical Islam: A Sourcebook of Religious Literature. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2013.
  • Jamal J. Elias. Key Themes for the Study of Islam. Oxford: Oneworld, 2010.
  • —-  Aisha’s Cushion: Religious Art, Perception, and Practice In Islam. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2012.
  • Jane Dammen McAuliffe, The Cambridge Companion to the Qurʼān. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
  • John Renard, Windows On the House of Islam: Muslim Sources On Spirituality and Religious Life. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998.
  • Roxanne Leslie Euben, and Muhammad Qasim Zaman, Princeton Readings In Islamist Thought: Texts and Contexts From Al-Banna to Bin Laden. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009.
  • Kurzman, Charles. Modernist Islam, 1840-1940: A Sourcebook. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • —- Liberal Islam: A Source Book. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • Lloyd Ridgeon, ed., Religion and Politics in Modern Iran.  London and NY: I. B. Tauris, 2005.