ERIC Number: ED370860
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Resources for History Day 1991: "Rights in History."
AWAIR's Middle East Resources, v1 n1 Jan 1991
This newsletter issue brings to students' attention some of the topics they could explore in working toward an award that the Arab World and Islamic Resources and School Services (AWAIR) organization presented to students participating in History Day 1991. The special category of the awards is Arab or Islamic history. The topics presented were not intended to be exhaustive of the possibilities, but to suggest areas for further student investigation. Topics discussed include the ancient middle eastern origins of law codes; rights under the Islamic law, the Shari'ah; Arab Americans involved in rights issues; the rights of Palestinians; and international law and the Persian Gulf War. Lists of sources are included for most topics. The section on the ancient origins of law codes discusses the early codes of the Sumerians and Babylonians, including the code of Hammurabi. The section on the Shari'ah lists the 12 departments into which this body of law is divided: (1) rituals and liturgy; (2) personal status; (3) contracts; (4) torts; (5) criminal law; (6) constitutional law; (7) taxation and public finance; (8) administrative law; (9) land law; (10) law of trade and commerce; (11) international law; and (12) ethics and personal conduct. The article explains that the Shari'ah is derived from the Quran, the sunnah or practices of the prophet Mohammad, consensus of opinion, and reasoning by analogy. In the section on Arab Americans, Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate, and attorneys Russell Mokhiber and George Shibley are profiled. (DK)
Descriptors: Arabs, Civil Rights, Curriculum Development, Educational Resources, History Instruction, Instructional Materials, Islamic Culture, Law Related Education, Middle Eastern Studies, Minority Groups, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Teacher Education
Arab World and Islamic Resources and School Services, 1400 Shattuck Ave., Suite 9, Berkeley, CA 94709.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: AWAIR: Arab World and Islamic Resources and School Services, Berkeley, CA.