I. Introduction Rationale and Context: Islamic art has the potential to teach students about Muslim societies in ways that can illuminate not only the aesthetic traditions of those societies but also aspects of devotional life, trade, leisure, literature, philosophy, gender, science, and much more. The diversity of Islamic art across time and place demonstrates in […]

Arabic Language Teaching in the United States

In 2000, languages of the Middle East made up only 2% of all foreign language classes offered in the United States: 1.3% Hebrew and .5% Arabic (Cumming, 2001). Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the FBI’s urgent call for Arabic, Pashto, and Farsi translators, interest in the teaching and learning of these […]