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Rethinking the Region: New Approaches to 9-12 U.S. Curriculum on the Middle East & North Africa

This resource is a compilation of units and curricula for use in teaching about the Middle East in a K-12 history classroom.
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 robust 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, it was examined 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.

Finally, this material was used to generate curricula, web-based materials, and study guides for educational distribution. Dissemination efforts include collaboration with school districts for teacher professional development; presentations of findings and curricular materials through conference presentations and publications.

British Council and Social Science Research Council
Maria Hantzopoulos, Monisha Bajaj, Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, Roozbeh Shirazi, Zeena Zakharia