Islam: Empire of Faith
http://www.pbs.org/empires/islam/index.html

VIDEO RESOURCE ISLAM: EMPIRE OF FAITH, a three-part series, re-creates the spectacular sweep of Islamic power and faith during its first 1,000 years, from Muhammad's birth to the Ottoman Empire under Suleyman the Magnificent. The film features re-enactments of events, and views of art, artifacts, and architecture. These are combined with scholarly interviews to recount the rise and glory of Islamic civilization. DVD

Five Myths About Mosques in America by Edward E. Curtis IV
http://www.meoc.us/resources/five-myths-about-mosques-in-america

WEB RESOURCE Edward Curtis, Religious Studies and American Studies Professor at Indiana University-Purdue University, addresses common misconceptions about the role of the mosque in America with some information about sharia.

Grand Mosque of Paris, The: Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust by Karen Gray Ruelle and Deboarah Durland DeSaix.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Grand-Mosque-Paris-Holocaust/dp/0823423042

BOOK This is a story pieced together from secret documents and memories of people about resistance against the Nazis in World War II France. It begins with a religious quote shared by Muslim and Jews "Save one life, and it is as if you've saved all of humanity." Holiday House, 2009.

Eid al-Fitr
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/2015/07/17/july-17-2015-eid-al-fidr/26482/

WEB VIDEO & DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Eid al-Fitr is the Islamic celebration that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a time of fasting, spiritual renewal and reflection. This video segment from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly (free registration required) looks at Ramadan and how American Muslims observe it in a non-Muslim culture. A background essay supports the video.

Ramadan
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/?p=9202

WEB VIDEO In this video from PBS, two young American Muslims observe Ramadan, a month-long period of fasting and prayer that lasts from sunrise to sunset. Zuleqa and Khizer Husain of northern Virginia describe their daytime practices, which may include an hour or more of reading the Qur'an, and their evening meal, which often becomes a party.

Ramadan Moon
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/?p=12013

WEB VIDEO & DISCUSSION QUESTIONS For Muslims around the world, Ramadan is the holiest month in Islam, a time of prayer and daily fasting, as well as celebration. The start of Ramadan is signaled by the sighting of the crescent moon (hilal). This video from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly follows the process of sighting the new moon for Muslims in America. The video is supported by a background essay and discussion questions.

Access Islam - Timeline
http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/accessislam/timeline.html

WEB RESOURCE This timeline of events related to the founding and spread of Islam covers from 660 to 2005, with sections on the life of Mohammed and the first caliphs, the Umayyads, the Abbasids, The Sejuks, and Fatimids, the Ottomans, Safavids and Mughals, and the Modern Era. A last timeline from 1530 to 2006 highlights the history of Muslims in America.

Muslim Holidays and Religious Observances
http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/accessislam/video.html

WEB VIDEO Here are nine short video segments with transcripts from the award-winning PBS series RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY on Muslim religious practices such as prayer, Hajj, Zakaat, Eid al-Fitr, and Ramadan.

Islam Science and Learning
http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/accessislam/video.html

WEB VIDEO Here are three short video segments with transcripts from the award-winning PBS series RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY from the Muslim madrasah to the thriving medieval center of learning known as Timbuktu.

Madrasahs
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/?p=12013

WEB VIDEO & DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Muslims see the madrasah, a place of learning and teaching, as an important element in learning and understanding the Qur'an as well as the Islamic faith. This video from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly explores the madrasah education with Roy Parvis Mottahedeh, professor of Islamic History at Harvard University. Mottahedeh gives viewers an introduction into the history and evolution of madrasahs. The video is supported by a background essay and discussion questions.

Extraordinary Women from the Muslim World by Natale Maydell and Sep Riahi
http://www.hebaamin.com/extraordinary-women-from-the-muslim-world/

BOOK This award-winning picture book chronicles the lives of 13 Muslim women in history who have lived extraordinary lives and influenced their communities in a positive way, often overcoming hardship and inaccurate stereotypes. Global Content, 2008. Grade 5 - HS

Historical Atlas of Islam by Malise Ruthven and Azim Nanji
http://www.amazon.com/Historical-Atlas-Islam-Malise-Ruthven/dp/0674013859

BOOK Author Ruthven, along with Muslim scholar Nanji, present a rich, readable history of Islam from Mohammed to bin Laden. Extensive maps and diagrams take the Mecca - Medina axis as their focus and demonstrate that for a millennium, the Islamic world stood at the apex of human scientific, spiritual and cultural achievement. Harvard University Press, 2004. MS - HS

Celebrating Ramadan by Diane Hoyt Goldsmith
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/celebrating-ramadan#cart/cleanup

BOOK In this photo-essay, text and images combine to present information about Islam and the special month of Ramadan. It features the family life of an American fourth grader, Ibraheem, as they celebrate Ramadan, the month of daylight fasting. The boy's Islamic school, his mosque, his extended family, and the centrality of religion in his life are conveyed. Holiday House, 2002. Elementary - MS

Muhammad by Demi
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/769925.Muhammad

BOOK Demi's biography of the prophet Muhammad reflects the literary and artistic traditions of the Islamic world. For example, like most Arab texts, it begins with the words, "In the name of God, the All-Merciful, the All-Compassionate," and an Arabic honorific always follows Muhammad's name. The readily understandable narrative tells the stories of Muhammad's life as Muslim children hear them, beginning with his birth in Mecca and ending with the declaration that although Muhammad has died, God never will. In keeping with Islamic artistic tradition, the paintings do not portray the face or body of the Prophet. Margaret McElderry, 2003. Elementary - MS

Mosque by David Macaulay
http://www.amazon.com/Mosque-David-Macaulay/dp/054701547X

BOOK Macaulay offers an inside look into how a mosque was built in Turkey in the late 1600s, discussing building materials, construction, and functionality in terms of Muslim beliefs and practices. Houghton Mifflin, 2008. All ages

Islam by Sue Penny
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5804873-islam

BOOK This award winning entry in the World Beliefs and Cultures series is an overview of the beliefs and customs of Islam, including an introduction to sacred texts, a history of the religion, important holidays, and worship practices. Heinemann Library, 2008. MS

A History of the Muslim World to 1405 by Vernon Egger
http://www.amazon.com/History-Muslim-World-1405-Civilization/dp/0130983896

BOOK Egger traces the development of the Muslim world from the Prophet Muhammad to the death of the Mongol emperor Tamerlane. Coverage includes the unification of the Dar al-Islam (the territory ruled by Muslims), the fragmentation into various religious and political groups including the Shi'ite and Sunni, and the series of catastrophes in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries that threatened to destroy the civilization. Prentice Hall, 2009. MS-HS

Best Eid Ever by Asma Mobin-Uddin
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-best-eid-ever-asma-mobin-uddin-md/1120749210?ean=9781590784310

BOOK It's Eid, and Aneesa should be happy. But her parents are thousands of miles away in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj pilgrimage. To cheer her up, her grandmother gives her a gift of beautiful clothes from Pakistan, one outfit for each of the three days of Eid. She even prepares lamb korma, Aneesa's favourite dinner, which they will enjoy when they return from prayers. At the prayer hall, Aneesa meets two sisters who are not dressed in new clothes for the holiday.Aneesa discovers that the girls are refugees. With their father, they have fled from their war-torn country. Boyds Mills, 2007. Primary-Elementary

Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet
http://www.pbs.org/muhammad/

DVD This film tells the story of Muhammad, the seventh century prophet who transmitted a new set of religious ideas to the world that continues to shapes the lives of more than 1.2 billion people, including many in America.

Hajj Parts I, II, III
http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/islam08.socst.world.glob.hajj1/

WEB VIDEOS & DISCUSSION QUESTIONS These video segments from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly trace the Hajj experience of several Americans. Each is supported with background essays and discussion questions highlighted different parts of the Hajj.

Zakaat
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zakat

WEB RESOURCE The Muslim practice of "zakaat," or almsgiving, is one of the five pillars of Islam -- part of the framework of Muslim life and required of all able adult adherents. While they may give zakaat at any time of the year, many Muslims contribute specifically during the month of Ramadan.

Virtual Walking Tour: The Al-Haram Al-Sharif
http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/200901/al-haram/default.htm

VIRTUAL TOUR This tour allows viewers to see sites in the Old City of Jerusalem in a manner impossible in person. The narrator focuses on the site around the Dome of the Rock from the Muslim perspective. However, he clearly describes the Jewish and Christian connections to these same holy places.

An Islamic Perspective on the Performing Arts
http://faithandthearts.com/homepage-slider/islam-and-the-performing-arts

WEB RESOURCE In this Faith and the Arts site, Abid Hussain explores the complex relationship between Islam and the Performing Arts from the perspective of different Islamic schools of Jurisprudence highlighting the various different positions adopted within the Muslim community in relation to arts practice.

Discover Islamic Art: Virtual Exhibitions
http://www.discoverislamicart.org/exhibitions/ISL/

VIRTUAL ART EXHIBITIONS This is a rich set of art images classified by historic caliphate, empire, theme, or style.

Covering Islam 101
http://www.religionlink.com/tip_060807.php#issues

WEB RESOURCE This ReligionLink site argues that, according to a 2009 Pew survey, only 41 percent of Americans say they feel knowledgeable on Islam's practices. It is also true that many government and military leaders are ignorant of the internal workings of Islam, which may have complicated American missions in the Middle East. This site provides basic information in an academic manner.

What You Will See Inside a Mosque by Aisha Karen Khan
http://www.islamicbookstore.com/b7678.html

CHILDREN'S BOOK The introduction provides basic information about Islam including the Qur'an, the qibla (niche) and the Five Pillars of Islam. It even takes readers into the washing area, where Muslims cleanse themselves before prayer, but it does not show people actually in prayer. Large photographs supported by short, descriptive explanations help readers understand different parts of the mosque structure as well as elements of a worship service. Skylight Paths Pub., 2008. Elem. - MS

Why Are Headscarves Feared and Banned in Turkey?
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/muslims/portraits/turkey.html

WEB RESOURCE Although secular, democratic Turkey is overwhelmingly Muslim, for almost eight decades its legal and political systems have shown a deep-seated fear of Islam as a political force. The government monitors and regulates how Islam is preached and practiced. One of the many restrictions on religion has included a ban on head scarves at public universities and in government buildings. In this Frontline video clip, three university students talk about what head scarves mean to them, and the Vice Rector of their university explains the reasons for the ban.

Frontline Muslims
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/muslims/

WEB RESOURCE This Frontline program examines the global resurgence of Islam and its meaning through a series of interviews of Muslims from diverse regions of the world. These essential questions are addressed: What does it mean to be a Muslim today? Does Islam deserve its reputation as a patriarchal, authoritarian, and anti-Western religion? What is the role of Islam in movements for political and social change?

Sufi Whirling Dervishes
http://www.pbs.org/video/2324871251/

WEB VIDEO This Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly explores Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam. Sufism emphasizes universal love, peace, acceptance of various spiritual paths and a mystical union with the divine. It is associated with the dancing of whirling dervishes, who originated in the 13th century as followers of the poet and Muslim mystic, Rumi.

Religion Library: Suffism
http://www.patheos.com/Library/Sufism.html

WEB RESOURCE This website provides an overview of Suffism a Muslim movement whose followers seek to find divine truth and love through direct encounters with God. Sufism arose from within Islam in the 8th-9th centuries C.E. as an ascetic movement. There is information about the origins, history, beliefs, rituals and worship, and ethics and community of thise branch of Islam.

Islamic Extremism in the Modern World
http://blogs.utexas.edu/15minutehistory/2012/10/18/episode-2-islamic-extremism-in-the-modern-world/

PODCAST This podcast by the University of Texas tackles the difficult issue of "radical Islamic fundamentalism and the subsequent use of terrorism by some of its adherents." This is especially tricky for educators: how to talk about such an emotional subject without resorting to stereotypes and demonizing? What drives some to turn to violent actions in the first place? Guest Christopher Rose from University of Texas's Center for Middle Eastern Studies offers a few suggestions and some background information on how to keep the phenomenon in perspective.

Learning the Word of God
http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/199105/learning.the.word.of.god.htm

WEB RESOURCE This Aramco article describes the experience of a young boy in a Qur'anic school in Africa.

Muslim holiday of Ashura brings into focus Shia-Sunni differences
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/11/14/muslim-holiday-of-ashura-brings-into-focus-shia-sunni-differences/

WEB RESOURCE Each year, millions of Shia pilgrims visit the shrine of one of their most revered figures - Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson - to mourn the anniversary of Hussein's death on the Day of Ashura. While Ashura is sacred for all Muslims, it is especially important to Shias, illustrating some of the differences between Shia and Sunni Muslims.

Why Study Islam?
http://www.daralislam.org/resource-center.aspx

WEB VIDEO This video features a lecture by Cambridge University scholar Timothy Abdul Hakim Murad Winter summarizing the impact of Islam from medieval through modern times to answer the question "Why Study Islam?" The major answer is that Islam has been an important influence in global society both historically and today. The reasons may surprise some listeners.

Jalal al-Din Rumi 1207-1273
http://www.enotes.com/topics/jal-l-al-d-n-r-m/critical-essays/rumi-jalal-al-din

BIOGRAPHY This enotes article describes the life and thinking of one of the most widely read poets in the Persian-speaking world, Jalaluddin Rumi. Rumi was the founder of the Mevlevi Order, a controversial and often censored Sufi sect that practices sama', or meditative, whirling dance.

Q & A: The Practice of Hijab
https://www.aclu.org/womens-rights/q-practice-hijab

WEB RESOURCE This Q & A posted on the ACLU website is an interview of a Muslim American woman they represented after she was forced by police to take off her head scarf. In this Q & A she explains why she wears the hijab.

10 Things to Know About Islam
http://teachmideast.org/10-things-to-know-about-islam/

WEB RESOURCE John Esposito delivers 10 essential "things to know" about Islam that can give any reader a basic understanding and history of a complex religion that is often misunderstood. This primer has been a go-to piece for TeachMideast visitors over the years. Esposito looks at many parts of Islam such as core beliefs, differences between sects, gender roles, and why we should know about the religion at all. These are fundamental concepts that give important context to understanding current affairs in the Middle East and beyond. They are also integral to understanding and effectively engaging with the Muslims around the world world. Overwhelmed by all of the details?

The Sunni-Shia Divide
http://www.cfr.org/peace-conflict-and-human-rights/sunni-shia-divide/p33176#!/?cid=otr-marketing_url-sunni_shia_infoguide

WEB RESOURCE This Council on Foreign Relations InfoGuide Presentation focuses on the origins and flash points of the sectarian conflict that is becoming entrenched in a growing number of Muslim countries, especially Iraq and Syria. Tensions between Sunnis and Shias, exploited by regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, could reshape the future Middle East.

What Is the Truth About American Muslims? Questions & Answers
http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/madison/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/FAC_American_Muslims_Q_A.pdf

WEB PRINT RESOURCE This First Amendment Center consensus document provides an overview of Muslims in America including their beliefs and practices, in order to build a climate of understanding.

The Islamists: Turmoil and Transformation
https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/the-islamists-turmoil-and-transformation-0

ACADEMIC ARTICLE Robin Wright, executive Director of the Wilson Center, wrote this introduction to a book published online. It deals with questions related to political extremist views and practices within Islam, which have been named "Islamism" by scholars. She begins with the statement "Islamism is now one of the most powerful forces of the 21st century." This means if we are to understand our world and develop effective public policies, Americans need to have a firmer grasp of this underlying ideology behind much of today's global terrorism.

Wudu: Islamic Washing Before Prayer
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/2016/02/11/february-12-2016-wudu-islamic-washing-prayer/29054/

WEB VIDEO This short video shows the steps to the purification or washing process that Muslims perform before doing their daily prayers. It explains the beliefs behind this ritual performed multiple times per day.

Islam, the Quran, and the Five Pillars All Without a Flamewar
https://ca.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/80370a61-7d89-4c5a-be08-6f8cdae7a41d/islam-the-quran-and-the-five-pillars-all-without-a-flamewar-crash-course-world-history-13/#.WWg4eYqQxE4

WEB RESOURCE In this PBS Crash Course in World History video, John Green teaches the history of Islam, including the revelation of the Qu'ran to Muhammad, the five pillars of Islam, how the Islamic empire got its start, the Rightly Guided Caliphs, and more. Learn about hadiths, Abu Bakr, and whether the Ummah has anything to do with Uma Thurman (spoiler alert: it doesn't). Also, learn a little about the split between Sunni and Shia Muslims, and how to tell if this year's Ramadan is going to be difficult for your Muslim friends.