Middle East Portal

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Welcome to the Middle East teaching resources portal. This page is intended to list resources useful for teaching courses which cross periods, geographic borders, and look at larger regions or international questions, and also to gather together links to pages about specific countries, regions, or themes. Please browse and share resources below, and feel free to create new subsections. For help with editing see our Editing Guide.

Links to National and Regional Pages

  • Iran
  • Qatar
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Related Regional, Global or Transnational Pages

  • Byzantine
  • Ottoman
  • Please add more pages, and link them to the main page too! (Making sure the names match is important to avoid redundancy)

Thematic or Topical Pages

  • Islam
  • Please add more, and rename things in your field!

General Middle East Teaching Resources

Pre-Recorded Lectures or Podcasts

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Assignments or Readings

  • Rethinking the Region: North Africa and Middle East The goals of this research and curriculum were to analyze the common categories used to describe and teach the "Modern Middle East and North Africa" (MENA) in existing U.S. World History textbooks, and to offer alternatives for Grade 9-12 teachers by integrating new scholarship on the region. Seeking to provide a more nuanced approach than what is presently offered, the site examines how textbooks describe and frame the Middle East and North Africa historically through categories, such as the "rise and spread of Islam," the Crusades, and the Ottoman Empire.
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Other Resources

  • Syrian Journey An interactive story from the BBC about Syrian refugees trying to get to Europe "based on extensive research and real stories of Syrians who have made the journey ... The routes, options and outcomes in this Syrian Journey feature are based on real stories uncovered by extensive research as part of a BBC Arabic digital project exploring migration from Syria."
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