Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

2nd Edition of Arab World Notebook

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

2nd Edition of Arab World Notebook

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2ND EDITION OF ARAB WORLD NOTEBOOK

Another really up-beat note this month occurred when I opened Audrey Shabbas's successor to the Arab Worm Notebook, now called the Arab World Studies Notebook. It is a joint publication of Arab World and Islamic Resources and School Services (AWAIR) and the Middle East Policy Council. Ellen Fairbanks-Bodman has contributed annotated film suggestions for each of the topics mentioned.

The topics covered have been expanded to cover Art and Architecture, al-Andalus, the U.S. and the Arab World, the Gulf War, and a section on Qur'anic readings has been added to the part on Islam. Each topic consists of a core reading, related reading(s), a lesson plan, and film/video suggestions. The topics addressed are those which a teacher needs to understand and which fit easily into typical middle school through high school classes. A section of country profiles is also included, with labeled and blank maps.

Teachers and students alike will find the Arab World Studies Notebook's organization very user-friendly, and the addition of lesson plans a great help to teachers not very familiar with the Middle East. …

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