Illustrated story from the Nazi occupation of Paris during World War II, when Jews and their families found refuge in the Grand Mosque of Paris complex, where they were protected along with escaped prisoners of war and other groups under persecution or pursuit, including children
Memoir by one of the first black American Muslims in American government, Congressman Keith Ellison relates elements from his life and the historical and cultural context in which he grew up and became engaged with politics and social justice.
Picture book for ages 6 and up about the Syrian civil war and the refugee families that resulted. A much-awarded book with author/illustrator images of great beauty featuring a boy’s attachment to the birds of his memory and his healing process toward hope.
A common criticism of Muslims globally is that they remain silent, and therefore are essentially complicit, in the face of violence, extremism, and terrorism in the name of Islam. But this is not the case at all. Often the loudest critics of extremism are the co-religionists themselves, not content to let the voices of hate dominate the discourse.
Although large news networks seldom carry these Muslim voices of peace, a simple search will turn up all manner of condemnations of those whose actions tarnish the image and teachings of Islam. Below, we offer only the tip of the iceberg of Muslims worldwide speaking out against violence and extremism. We also share the reflections of Christians who refuse to easterallow the religion of Islam be conflated with terrorists who proclaim the faith.
SEE the list of links to these statements.
This resource gives teachers background information about the content of the lessons and how the lessons can be used to fulfill various state standards for learning. For use with: Video documentary FRONTLINE: MUSLIMS. Preparing and Evaluating Content on Islam and Muslims.
“Document Study: Statements by Muslim Scholars and Jurists on Extremism, Sectarianism, Minority Rights and Terrorism in Islam and Muslim Societies” contains links and a discussion guide for point-by-point refutations of the practices and propaganda put out by ISIS/ISIL by a consortium of 126 Muslim jurists and scholars. They and other prominent scholars are signatories to other statements on proper Islamic perspectives in the face of extremism, such as the Amman Message, and the Marrakesh Declaration on minorities. All of these documents are linked in one lesson and discussion guide here.
In this article, the author is dispelling misconceptions about headscarf and sharing her belief as to why she and other Muslim women choose to wear the Hijab.
What the statistics tell us is that in 2015, U.S. citizens were vastly more likely to be killed by a non-Muslim than a Muslim in a mass shooting (206 times more likely if there was 1 Muslim mass-shooting and 206 non-Muslim mass-shootings). From 1980-2005, 94 percent of terrorist acts on U.S. soil were perpetrated by non-Muslims.
Marrakesh Declaration on The Rights of Religious Minorities in Predominantly Muslim Lands: Legal Framework and a Call to Action. A statement by 250 Muslim scholars and jurists concerning the importance of respecting and protecting the rights of religious and ethnic minorities in Muslim majority countries. See analysis at https://www.usip.org/publications/2016/09/understanding-and-extending-marrakesh-declaration-policy-and-practice
Five points that argue why it is wrong to connect Islam as a religion to terrorism, by Omar Alnatour in HuffingtonPost Dec 9, 2015.
Making Sense of Jihad vs. Hirabah (Terrorism) This lesson helps students distinguish between the broad Islamic concept of jihad, and hirabah, a term used by classical Muslim scholars to identify unlawful acts of public violence that today would be labeled “terrorism.” Students will thus be able to critically evaluate journalistic or popular misrepresentations of the concept of jihad. For use with: Video documentary FRONTLINE: MUSLIMS or as standalone lesson on the topic.lp_FM-D05_Jihad vs Terrorism
Department of education is urging schools to put plans and policies to welcome Muslims, Arabs and refugees. Education Week, January 04, 2016.