Maktaba Resources

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Curriculum Materials The Muslim Brotherhood: Vanguard for Political Islam

Tony Gaskew, assistant professor of criminal forensic studies, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Objective As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

• explain the nature of political Islam
• analyze the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood as agents for socio-religiopolitical Islamic reform.

Print and Media Resources The other place
Curriculum Materials The Qur’an and Islamic Art (Curriculum)

Fran Leap, associate professor of humanities, Seton Hill University

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

• explain how the Qur’anic prohibition of idolatry affects Islamic art.
• define basic terms - Qur’an, tawhid, shirk, idolatry, Arabic, calligraphy,
• use the calligram form to express an idea or image for themselves

Web Links The Search for International Terrorist Entities (SITE Institute) (Policy Oriented Website)

Studying the primary source propaganda, training manuals, and chatter of terrorists offers insight into terrorists and their activities that cannot be obtained anywhere else. Failing to monitor terrorist propaganda is a failure in intelligence. To fulfill this need, the SITE Institute offers its Intelligence Subscription Service, which provides numerous daily translations of terrorist propaganda and multimedia from primary source terrorist websites.

Web Links The Sunni-Shia Divide and the Future of Islam

A recent broadcast by the American Public Media seeking fresh insight into the history and the human and religious dynamics of Islam's Sunni-Shia divide. Our guest says that it is not so different from dynamics in periods of Western Christian history. But he says that by bringing the majority Shia to power in Iraq, the U.S. has changed the religions dynamics of the Middle East. Available for download at link provided.

Print and Media Resources The two Abdullahs: a story from the Arabian nights
Web Links The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (Policy Oriented Website)

A public educational foundation dedicated to scholarly research and informed debate on US interests in the Middle East.

Print and Media Resources The world's greatest traveller Ibn Battouta
Print and Media Resources The Yacoubian Building
Print and Media Resources These Girls (El-Banate Dol)
Print and Media Resources Thulathiyat Gharnatah
Web Links Turkish Language Classes

Beginner and intermediate level language classes for those who are interested in Turkish as a secondary language. Our volunteer-run classes useGokkusagi Turkce Ders Kitabi (Student book) as supplementary material. Students can also practice their Turkish with our tutors in their spare time.
Class time : 6:30 – 8:30
Place : PH 125B (Porter Hall) at Carnegie Mellon U.

Web Links U.S. Department of State and Council of American Overseas Research Centers: Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes for students

Scholarships for intensive overseas study in Arabic, Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu are offered. Funding for U.S. citizen undergraduate, master, and PhD students to participate in beginning, intermediate, and advance level summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers. Recipients of these scholarships are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. Application deadlines vary by program.

Web Links U.S. Department of State: Paid student internship programs

Internships are available to all students with at least junior status (at the time of appointment) who are American citizens and able to obtain a government security clearance. This is a paid (not for credit) internship program. Postings are available in the Washington DC area as well as U.S. embassies and government offices worldwide. Foreign language competency is desirable but not required to participate, and all majors can apply. For more information contact Vanessa Sterling, Academic Internship Coordinator, at 412-624-5428 or

Print and Media Resources Unload your own donkey : Arabic sayings from Egypt and other countries