Our new Open Ended Social Studies video has gone live. Use it in your classroom to supplement your lessons on Islam. Kick start a conversation about salat and the Five Pillars. Answer the question: What happens in a mosque?
There is plenty of false information about Islam on the internet. For many reasons, you must be careful of what you read – pay close attention to your sources and always ask yourself, “How does this piece of information fit with what I already know?”
Here’s an honest attempt to accurately convey the most basic beliefs and practices of Islam in a form suitable for use in the classroom or for anyone who is just curious about a topic that relevant in a rapidly globalizing world. Please read the following in the spirit with which it was written – with good intentions toward greater understanding and tolerance.
- Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam (Free online text suited for middle or high school classroom use, guided reading questions, and suggested activities): Who was Muhammad, and how did the Arab world of the seventh century shape his teachings?
- Five Pillars to Hold Me Up: What Do Muslims Believe? (Free online text suited for middle or high school classroom use, guided reading questions, and suggested activities): What are the basic teachings of Islam, and what does it mean to be a Muslim?
- United Arab Emirates Case Study: How would you diversify your single resource economy? (Free online text suited for middle or high school classroom use, guided reading questions, and suggested activities): It is risky for a nation’s economy to be overly dependent on any one business, especially a single raw commodity, like oil. Such commodities are subject to sudden fluctuations in price. While world demand for oil is high, and while a nation’s reserves last, that nation might be very wealthy. But what would happen to that economy if oil prices fell?