Additional Resources

The following materials offer more information on the Muslim community in the United States. The following websites and organizations can provide additional background information and lesson ideas.

Educational Organizations

ING is an educational organization in San Francisco that delivers presentations relating to Islam and the Muslim world with the goal of eliminating stereotyping through education. Teachers interested in inviting religious leaders or scholars into the classroom can find contact information on their website.

Organization of Islamic Speakers Midwest (OISM)
Chicago based speakers offer presentations on Islam 101 at schools, civic centers and community organizations including police stations, fire stations and chambers of commerce.

The Council on Islamic Education
A resource for educators and students to facilitate the discussion of religion, specifically Islam, in the classroom. Teachers can invite religious leaders or scholars to make classroom presentations.

Institute for Middle East Understanding
A treasure trove of information on Palestine and its people including interviews and expert opinions, providing Journalists and editors access to expert sources — both in the U.S. and in the Middle East.

American Friends Service Committee
A Quaker organization committed to inter-faith efforts to create peace and justice worldwide, with special interest in the Middle East.

Jewish Voices for Peace
Jewish Voice for Peace supports peace activists in Palestine and Israel, and works in broad coalition with other Jewish, Arab-American, faith-based, peace and social justice organizations.

Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. Its website features sections on anti-terrorism, Islamaphobia, Civil Rights, and an action center.

We the Poets
A Philadelphia-based organization that brings school children from different cultures and faiths together to write and share poetry.

Poetry Pals
A Chicago-based organization that brings school children from different cultures and faiths together to write and share poetry.

Changing Worlds
A Chicago-based educational nonprofit arts organization which works with schools and communities to promote cross-cultural understanding through the arts, oral history, and literacy.

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