Comparative Document Study--Human Rights in Islam and in the French and American Enlightenment Traditions

WEB LESSON Students read excerpts from three primary sources--quotes from Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen, and the Qur'an and Hadith. Students then determine similarities and dissimilarities between American, French and Islamic provisions for human rights and religious tolerance. HS

New Identities: Nationalism and Religion 1850-1914

WEB LESSONS This unit of study from the World History for Us All website at UCLA. It has four lessons, of which one "Nationalism, Imperialism, and Religion" specifically relates to religion in the modern world. HS

DBQ 15: The Debate Over American Imperialism

PRIMARY SOURCES & LESSONS This DBQ focuses on the causes of imperialism based on primary sources. The question is: Was imperialism a proper and legitament policy fir the U.S. to follow at the turn of the 19th c.? The "White Man's Burden" and the Missionary Impulse are both highlighted as significant contributors to the idea that imperializing was the right thing for the Western societies to do.

Sudan, Imperialism, and the Mahdi's Holy War

WEB LESSON During the age of imperialism, European powers scrambled to divide up Africa. In Sudan, however, a Muslim religious figure known as the Mahdi led a successful Jihad (holy war) that for a time drove out the British and Egyptians. In this CRF lesson, students read the article about the history of the influence of Islam and its leaders in Sudan in how this land dealt with British conquest during the period of imperialism. They then hold a mock Board of Inquiry about who was at fault for the fall of Khartoum and the killing of Charles Gordon in 1885.

Languages and Religions of the United Kingdom and Ireland

WEB LESSON In the National Geographic lesson, students explore how language and religion have affected the borders in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Students present their ideas about how language and religion can unite or divide countries. Then they revisit questions about groups with their new knowledge of religion and language groups in Europe. Students reflect on how their ideas about how religious and language groups can cooperate within a country have changed. Middle School

How did missionaries use religion during the Imperialism of Africa?

WEB ACTIVITY This question-based activity addresses the issues that are the title of this text-based discussion. As they read, have students select and chart the positive and negative aspects of the European missionary work in Africa in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Discuss how the missionary work has impacted the relationship between African and European peoples?

The Foreign Missionary Movement in the 19th and early 20th Centuries

WEB LESSON ACTIVITY This National Humanities Center website provides materials for teachers on the outcomes of the Foreign Missionary Movement.

The Long Reach of the Major Religions

WEB UNIT OF STUDY This World History for us All unit seeks to describe the spread of Islam and Christianity into new areas and to see religion generally as an integral factor of change during the period 1500-1800. The carriers of these two universal faiths had to figure out how much to insist on the purity and orthodoxy of each of their faiths and how much they should adapt and broaden their religion's beliefs and practices to include many local cultural elements. This tension is the underlying theme of this unit.