ERIC Number: EJ700932
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
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Teaching about the Middle East: Challenges and Resource
Social Education, v68 n1 p46 Jan-Feb 2004
Barbara Petzen began working as a part-time outreach coordinator at Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) a week before September 11, 2001. She was finishing her dissertation in Middle Eastern studies, specializing in the Ottoman Empire and Arab history, and thought it would be a good job to have while she completed her Ph.D. Needless to say, within days her job became "an entirely different thing." Her part-time job had become full-time and she was busy trying to figure out how to provide teachers with the tools they would need to learn and teach about the Middle East and Islam. The challenge for teachers today is how to teach about the Middle East in a political and emotional environment that is extremely tense. How can educators convey the complexities of both historical and current events? Where can they find unbiased information? How can we teach our students to be critical analysts without being labeled or perceived as "unpatriotic"? This article offers some suggestions for teachers on how to teach about the Middle East. A list of curricula-related resources on Women in the Middle East is included.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Middle Eastern History, Middle Eastern Studies, Muslims, Political Issues, Females, Teaching Methods, Current Events
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