Lesson Plan: The ID Project
Exploring Identity Through the Lens of Culture and Religion
The following materials offer more information on identity and the Muslim American experience.
“The Koran, punk rock and lots of questions,” by Erika Hayasaki
A compelling feature article and photo essay (November 19, 2008) from The Los Angeles Times about Muslim American teenagers search for identity.
This photo essay from Time magazine takes us inside an Illinois school where “two worlds” meet.
Muslim in America
An intimate portrait of America’s Muslim community, also from Time magazine.
To Be Muslim
Boston Globe photographer Christopher Churchill’s photo essay of Muslims from across the Boston area, with text and audio about their conversations ranging from women and independence to peace and violence to the role of religion in their lives.
Muslim American: A New Identity? By Ruhi Hamid
An article from BBC News about what it means to be Muslim and American in a post 9/11 world.
This magazine explores identity, culture, fashion, and religion for Muslim girls in the West.
A brief overview on Islam from CNN.
MSN Encarta article on Islam
Reporting on Religion: A Primer for Journalists
Religion Newswriters provides a thorough introduction to Islam for religion journalists. This may also be helpful in the classroom.
U.S. Religious Landscape Survey
Based on interviews with more than 35,000 American adults, this extensive survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life details the religious makeup, religious beliefs and practices as well as social and political attitudes of the American public, including the Muslim community.
Does My Head Look Big in This, by Randa Abdel-Fattah
In this novel (Scholastic, 2008), 16-year-old Amal makes the decision to start wearing the hijab and must deal with the all the reactions—from her parents, her teachers, her friends, people on the street.
Muslims in Metropolis, by Kavitha Rajagopalan
A thorough and insightful examination (Rutgers University Press, 2008) of the identity formation and experiences of three very different Muslim families in the West – in London, New York, and Berlin. This is a good read for college and adult audiences, but excerpts would work in the classroom as well because of the author’s journalistic style.