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The Year in Hate and Extremism 2019 | Recommended Read

In 2019, the third year of the Trump presidency, data gathered by the Intelligence Project of the SPLC documents a continued and rising threat to inclusive democracy: a surging white nationalist movement that has been linked to a series of racist and antisemitic terror attacks and has coincided with an increase in hate crime.

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Photos: Life in the Time of COVID-19

Iran is one of the main countries hit by the COVID-19 virus and has been in quarantine for a few weeks now. The US Institute of Peace has a great series of photos showing how the country is coping. (I found the pictures of elementary students being educated through TV broadcasts especially interesting.) The country is coping pretty well - though people are really disappointed that the Persian New Year festivities, two weeks of celebration of their biggest holiday, have been cancelled.

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Film History and National Identity

Film History and National Identity
Written by Julie Weiss

For students: We hope this guide sharpens your reading skills and deepens your understanding.
For teachers: We encourage reproduction and adaptation of these ideas, freely and without further permission from AramcoWorld, by teachers at any
level.
Common Core Standards met in this lesson: RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.7, W.9-10.2 (see details below).

—The Editors

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Back to school? 2019 Study about Muslim College Students

Announced by University of Pittsburgh

DID YOU KNOW?

According to our new report, campus Muslim Student Association involvement is unrelated to confidence in one’s faith, suggesting that campus MSAs are welcoming to all Muslims in different places on their spiritual journey. Read our new report for more insights on MSA members. (https://www.ispu.org/2019-survey-of-msa-west-student-members-perseveranc...)

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Islamophobia Research, An Initiative at Georgetown University

The Bridge Initiative is a multi-year research project on Islamophobia housed in Georgetown University. The Bridge Initiative aims to disseminate original and accessible research, offers engaging analysis and commentary on contemporary issues, and hosts a wide repository of educational resources to inform the general public about Islamophobia. Available at the site are fact sheets, articles, infographics and more. Sign up for mailing to get up to date information on Islamophobic news.

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Bridging Cultures Bookshelf-Muslim Journeys

The "Muslim Journeys" website offers resources for exploring new and diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. Start your journey by choosing a theme or a book.

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Educators Toolkit

In schools across the United States today, educators do more than just teach academic subjects. One of the most important things a teacher can do is to understand the diversity of backgrounds and experiences of their students and teach them how to work together. Are you an educator who wants to create an inclusive and enriching classroom experience? If so, this toolkit is for you. These evidence-based resources built by expert scholars will help you foster a safe learning environment for all of your students, especially those who happen to be Muslim.

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Counter-Islamophobia Kit

Counter-Islamophobia Kit
This two year project is funded by the European Commission – Directorate of Justice, and brings together experts from across Europe.
The project will critically review dominant anti-Muslim narratives, and also compare the use and efficacy of prevailing counter-narratives to Islamophobia in eight European Union member states (France, Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Portugal, Greece and the UK).

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Arabic in the Sky

An article in Aramco World about the history of naming stars.

Scholars have identified 210 visible stars that carry Arabic names, some of which preserve older names that date back to Babylon and Sumeria. In this illustration, the 30 brightest stars with Arabic names appear as eight-pointed stars, in sizes adjusted for their relative magnitudes, or brightnesses. some 210 of the brightest and most visible stars have modern names of Arabic origin.

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