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Arab Spring: an interactive timeline of Middle East protests Gary Blight and Shelia Pulham, The Guardian, 2011
A superb graphic presentation that provides an accessible framework for understanding the causes and demand for change across the Arab world.

Arab Spring Lesson Plan: Writing Exercises Kate Seche and Kate McGinnis, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, 2011 KS4+, IB Diploma
Very usefu lessons to develop different essay writing skills – argumentative, research, comparative, informative – using information about the protests, including news reports from Al Jazeera, BBC and political cartoons.

Bangla Stories, Anusree Biswas, Runnymede Trust, 2010 KS3, IB Middle
Lesson plans exploring issues of migration, identity, family history, generations, home and prejudice, based around the personal stories of eight people who left Bengal after independence in 1947 and eventually settled in Britain. They are primarily focused on KS3 English but also provide a cross-curriculum experience linking Citizenship, History, Geography and PSHE. The associated website has excellent background material on the history of Bangladesh and advice on conducting oral history projects.

Images of Islam in the UK: The Representation of British Muslims in the National Print News Media 2000-2008 Cardiff School of Journalism, 2008 KS4+, IB Diploma

Commissioned by Channel 4, the report studied print and visual media, analysing the context and language used to refer to Islam and Muslims in news and other stories in the UK. It reveals the pervasiveness of prejudice against Muslims used to compound representations of Islam as dangerous, archaic or irrational. 

Reporting Islam: Media Representations of British Muslims, Elizabeth Poole IB Taurus, 2009
Detailed study of ways in which Muslims are represented in the national press using case studies of headline news stories over the last decade.

 

Fiction

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Comic book superheroes from around the world… but all inspired by Islam! Meet Dr Ramzi Razem, psychologist, historian, UNESCO official and lecturer on a wide range of topics, ranging from ancient civilizations to alternative medicine, and London's own Amira Khan. Discover the origins. Produced by a Kuwaiti media conglomerate that has also created the Middle East's first superhero theme park. 

And The World Changed: Contemporary Stories by Pakistani Women, ed Muneeza Shamsie Women Unlimited, 2005 

Twenty-five short stories with very varied themes and topics by contemporary women authors. The only anthology of creative text written in English by Pakistani women.

The Animals Lawsuit Against Humanity, Ikwan Al-Safa et al Fons Vitae, 2005
A beautifully illustrated interfaith fable of human rights and taking action to make the world a better place, through an animal and human debate about ecology issues. The first version of this ancient tale is thought to have been written in Arabic, around the 10th century in what is now called Iraq.

Ayesha’s Rainbow, Rabina Khan Fore-Word Press, 2006
Set in London’s East End during a period of racial tension the novel shows what happens when hate gets out of control, but also offers a message of hope that good can come out of tragedy.

The A-Z Guide to Arranged Marriage, Rekha Waheed Monsoon Press, 2005
A 21st century Bengali take on the romantic minefields explored by Jane Austen. How can Maya find a suitable bridegroom?

Burning Boats, Zaynab Dawood Islamic Foundation, 2009
This story of a peaceful fishing village destroyed by a power-hungry leader shows that although conflict is not at the heart of Islam, greed and selfishness can devastate lives.

Earth and Ashes, Atiq Rahimi Vintage, 2003
A short fictional account of the conflict in Afghanistan during the Soviet War. It shows the impact on the lives of ordinary people in this long conflicted country.

Gaza Blues, Etgar Keret and Samir El-Yousef David Paul, 2004
A compact and fascinating collection of short stories and short prose written by a Palestinian and an Israeli. Accessible, well written prose and funny yet challenging.

Kamala Khan  Kamala Khan alias Ms Marvel is Marvel Comics’ first Muslim character to headline her own comic book series. Useful for exploring superhero genre. 

The Kite Runner, Khaled HosseiniBloomsbury, 2004

Fictional tale of two young boys growing up in Kabul, Afghanistan in the 1970s. Their constantly harrowing and emotional journeys focus almost exclusively on some of the worst atrocities of occupation and war. However, it could be used to raise debate around stereotypes and media portrayal of Afghanistan, and the ordinary people who live there.

The Kites Are Flying, Michael Morpurgo Walker, 2010
A short and beautiful story about a TV journalist visiting the West Bank, and his friendship with a young Palestinian boy and his family. Useful for explaining the complex conflict in a succinct and human way.

Minaret, Leila Aboulela Bloomsbury, 2006
Najwa, the protagonist of this poignant and complex tale, moves rapidly from a life of privilege and wealth in Khartoum to life as an asylum seeker in Britain. It raises interesting observations about how her character, religious practices, customs and many other things begin to change as she tries to forge a new life for herself.

My Name is Red, Orhan Pamuk Faber & Faber, 2001
The Nobel Prize winning Turkish author weaves a thrilling murder mystery set in Constantinople in the late 1590s. One of the artists commissioned by the Sultan to create a great illuminated book celebrating his life and empire is murdered. Was he a victim of professional rivalry, romantic jealousy or religious terror?

Persepolis – the story of a childhood, Marjane Satrapi Vintage 2008
This beautiful graphic novel, which has since been turned into an equally good film, tells the story of the young Marjane, growing up in Iran during the Islamic revolution, moving to France and coming of age, as a young Muslim woman, all through her own perceptive, confused, sometimes naïve and always endearing eyes.

Qahera  Online comics about Qahera, a visibly Muslim female superhero who combats misogyny and Islamophobia amongst other things.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid Penguin, 2008
The short but complex and gripping novel, tells an unsettling and challenging tale of the radicalisation of a young wealthy Pakistani man, educated and working in big business in New York, at the time of the World Trade Centre attacks. It raises some of the complexities of such an event, and the anxieties and racism that ensues.

TokTok  Monthly review of Egyptian comic strips. Although written in Arabic, this illustrates how dissent and debate can take many forms. Remember, the stories read right to left. Two issues to download: TokTok0 TokTok02

Film

Cinema from the world of Islam, Gareth Richards RISC, 2011 KS4+, IB Diploma
A list of 25 award-winning films from around the Islamic world and diaspora that offers challenging insights into a range of issues, from terrorism to the Crusades, to life, love and loss. It can be used to select films for media studies and citizenship, as well as language teaching – Turkish, Urdu, Farsi and Arabic. 

The British Film Institute produces very good teaching resources that can be used to enrich learning across the whole curriculum.

The World in the Movies: a guide to teaching citizenship through film BFI, 2009

An excellent introduction to film language and how films provide the perfect tool to explore often controversial issues such as race, human rights, equality… It also includes detailed notes for 16 films which can be used to stimulate discussion and activity around a range of citizenship issues, and provide a template for your own choice, eg films from the world of Islam.

Using Film in Schools: a practical guide BFI, 2010

An overview of film education (viewing and filmmaking) and its value in the curriculum. Includes advice on equipment.

Using Film to Teach Languages: A teachers’ toolkit for educators wanting to teach languages using film in the classroom, with a particular focus on Arabic, Mandarin, Italian and Urdu, Cornerhouse, 2010
An innovative handbook which reinforces the value of film education generally, and as a tool to explore language and culture within the demands of the secondary curriculum. KS4, IB Middle/Diploma

Bollywood vs Bin Laden  Short documentary shows how Bollywood, its movies and its (Muslim) stars could challenge radical Islamist and their view of the world. Useful for encouraging discussion about gender stereotypes and popular culture.

Reel Bad Arabs  Documentary that explores a long line of degrading images of Arabs in American popular culture - from Bedouin bandits and submissive maidens to sinister sheikhs and gun-wielding ‘terrorists’. It offers insights into the origin of these stereotypes and why they matter so much today.