Classroom Curriculum: America, Muslims, and the NYC Islamic Center; 9/24/10

In light of the political environment surrounding the NYC Islamic center (Park51), and escalating Islamophobic events all across the nation, ING has received requests for teaching tools and curriculum. We recommend the following programs:

Turning Park51 Into a Teachable Moment: Curriculum Guide and Fact Sheets

Teaching Tolerance:
How Do You Bring Islam Into the Classroom?

The New York Times Learning Network:
Contemplating Controversy: The Proposed Islamic Center Near Ground Zero

For live speakers in the classroom, refer to the following ING Programs:

Islamic Speakers Bureau, which supplements the study of Islam in the context of World History and Social Studies. ING Presentation topics include:

  • “Exploring Muslim traditions and Practices” – for grade 7
  • “Getting to Know American Muslims and their Faith” – for grades 9-12
  • “Islamic Contributions to Civilization” – for grades 9-12
  • “Roots of Muslims in America” – for grades 8 and 11
  • “Women in Islam” – for grades 9-12

A description of these can be found on page 2 of the following link:

Interfaith Speakers Bureau, which brings together panels of 3-5 representatives of the world’s major traditions including Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism. Panel types include a 3-5 member faith panel, or Muslim-Jewish Panel. Panel topics include:

3-5 member faith panel topics:

  • “Shared Values”
  • “Living the Faith in the San Francisco Bay Area”
  • “Contemporary Issues.” Choose from five topics.

Muslim-Jewish panel topic:

  • Muslim Jewish Relations in the US in the Shadow of the M.E. Conflict

A description of these can be found on page 3 of the following link:

For more information, contact ING Programs Coordinator, Everett DePangher at [email protected].