Recommended Educational Resources for Teaching World History, World Religions and Global Studies

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Published by the State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP), Being Muslim in America offers profiles of American Muslims who have contributed to the mosaic of everyday life in the United States. In English and Arabic.

Change the Story
Lesson plans offer a starting point for increased knowledge and understanding of Islam and the Muslim community in an effort to reduce misinformation and promote mutual respect.

CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative
A forum and resources to deepen the understanding of issues relating to religion and U.S. foreign policy for high school and higher education faculty teaching global courses such as world history, international relations, political science and religious studies, etc.

Vocabulary lists and common terms for five major world religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam) are ideal as supplemental curriculum materials.

The Muslim Heritage
A repository of knowledge and historical data on the role of the Muslim world’s contribution to science, technology and world civilization.

National Humanities Center
TeacherServe, an interactive curriculum enrichment service, supplements humanities studies in high schools, colleges and universities. Divining America: Religion in American History offers essays by leading scholars, discussion guides, and links to online resources.

1001 Inventions
A global educational initiative that features more than sixty interactive exhibits to promote the awareness of scientific and cultural achievements of Muslim civilization, and how those contributions helped build the foundations of our modern world.

PBS Frontline: Muslims
Portraits of diverse Muslims who tell their stories about the role of Islam in their lives and societies. Includes FAQs and a Teacher’s Guide.

PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly
Grade-level specific lesson plans introduce K-12 students to today’s most important religious and moral issues. Using stories and online video, they address a broad range of current events from bioethics and the role of faith in politics to Islam and terrorism.

Saudi Aramco World
To increase cross-cultural understanding, the bimonthly magazine broadens knowledge of the cultures, history and geography of the Arab and Muslim worlds and their connections with the West. Saudi Aramco World is distributed without charge, upon request, to interested readers worldwide.

Scarboro Missions
The Golden Rule is found in religious and non-religious literature throughout history. Developed primarily for high school students, this curriculum for public, private and religious schools can also be used with many young people prior to their last years of high school depending on their reading ability.

The Shared Visions project highlights excerpts from different faith communities’ holy texts, showing how the world’s religions share many core values. The classic shared vision, the Golden Rule, is available as a downloadable PDF in Arabic, English, French, Hebrew and Spanish.

Teaching Tolerance
Dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences, Teaching Tolerance offers lesson plans including Taking a Closer Look at Religions Around the World – a starting point for exploring religions and faith traditions and creating an ongoing respectful dialogue about religious tolerance.

World Savvy Monitor
Provides lesson plans, activities, readings, discussion questions for deepening content knowledge of world issues and giving middle and high school students a global education.



20,000 Dialogues
A nationwide initiative that uses award-winning films to facilitate dialogues about Muslims and Islam to promote pluralism, dialogue, and civic engagement.

Active Voice
Uses film, television and multimedia to spark social change by building a diverse portfolio of story-based campaigns. New Muslim Cool, a powerful new documentary tells the story of a young Puerto Rican hip hop artist who converted to Islam at age 21, pulling himself off the streets to become a community activist. A planning toolkit is available for facilitating discussions.

The Pluralism Project
In a study of today’s multi-religious society, Fremont, U.S.A. offers a portrait of the new religious communities of Fremont – Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, and Muslim – as they interact with the city and other religious groups. A study guide encourages educators and their students to look at the issues presented in the film.

Unity Productions Foundation
Produces films for worldwide broadcast and long-term educational campaigns that increase understanding and dialogue among the world’s spiritual and cultural traditions. Current projects are focused on creating greater understanding about Muslims and Islam. Lesson plans and teacher resources are available for selected films.



California Three Rs Project
Offers a resource list of articles and reports related to teaching about religion. Publishes a bulletin with information about topics of concern to schools and the community related to religions and after First Amendment liberties.

The First Amendment Center
Downloadable PDF of Finding Common Ground: A First Amendment Guide to Religion and Public Schools, 2007, by Charles C. Ha
ynes and Oliver Thomas.

The First Amendment Center
Provides an overview of religious liberty in public schools, frequently asked questions, cases and resources on teaching about religion.

Frequently asked questions and answers regarding the do’s and don’ts of teaching about religion in public schools.

Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life and the First Amendment Center
Teaching about religion in public schools: Where do we go from here? This question and others were considered at a conference sponsored by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life and the First Amendment Center.

ING is a non-profit, educational organization that promotes religious literacy and mutual respect through on-site presentations, cultural competency seminars and interfaith dialogues. Founded in 1993, ING and its affiliates serve communities of all faiths or none throughout the United States.

To learn more about ING, visit

To schedule an educational presentation or interfaith panel for your students, email ING at [email protected]

In general, allow up to two weeks to schedule a presentation or panel.