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Who Speaks for Islam? gives the opportunity to hear rarely-heard Muslim voices, including Shaykh Muhammad Tantawi, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the first prominent Shaykh to speak out against Bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks. Video pieces from the Middle East are interwoven throughout the program to give viewers a political and cultural context.

A Link TV original production that explores Islam in an age when Muslim extremists are laying claim to the religion. Veteran NPR and PBS journalist, Ray Suarez, hosts a provocative roundtable discussion with American Muslim scholars and, via satellite, Mike Scheuer (AKA “Anonymous”), author of Imperial Hubris and a former CIA expert who has followed fundamentalist Islamic movements for a decade.

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Founder of the Zaytuna Institute, a center of Islamic education in California. Shaykh Hamza has an international following through his television program, Rihla (Journey) on the Middle East Broadcast Corporation (MBC) based in Dubai, UAE.

Hatem Bazian, Ph.D, is a lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Bazian hosts Islam Today on KPFA radio and has translated multiple texts and fatwas into English.

Aminah McCloud, Ph.D, Chairperson of the Islamic World Studies Program at DePaul University in Chicago. She is one of ten African American professors in Islamic Studies in the United States.

Souheila Al-Jadda, a journalist and writer about Islam and the Middle East. Her articles have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, Dallas Morning News and the San Jose Mercury News.

Funding provided by The Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

In September 2001 when the world was in shock by the attacks on the World Trade Center, in another part of the world, in a peaceful and mountainside area of Iran, a retired and paralyzed soldier of Iran-Iraq war is struggling to bring peace to the world in a miraculous way. In order to accomplish this miracle, he relies on the support of his brother, who on the contrary has no faith in miracles.

A Foot in Both Places: Culture & Community at the Crossroads of War
Interviews with Arab, South Asian, And Muslim Community Activists

A Foot in Both Places is an interactive educational toolkit, featuring stories, photographs, music, games and more.

It is built around 25 interviews with Arab, South Asian, and Muslim community activists. It focuses on how communities have responded to the post–9/11 climate, and what types of alliances they have built to defend their civil rights and civil liberties. Also included is a comprehensive listing of resources and links for further study and action.

This toolkit is designed for classroom or community use by faith communities, interfaith groups, educators, and activists concerned with issues of civil rights and civil liberties, immigrant rights, peace education, and anti-Arab racism and Islamophobia.

A Foot in Both Places

9/11 Backlash: Being Muslim in America

Source: Discovery Education

Grade Level: 9-12

Lesson Plan

America at a Crossroads


America at a Crossroads is a major public television event premiering on PBS in April 2007 that explores the challenges confronting the post-9/11 world — including the war on terrorism; the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan; the experience of American troops serving abroad; the struggle for balance within the Muslim world; and global perspectives on America’s role overseas.

America at a Crossroads

(Re)embracing Diversity

On February 14, 2002, Columbia University’s Muslim Communities in New York City Project, supported by the Ford Foundation, hosted a one-day in-service training for over one hundred New York City high school teachers. This special program, (Re)embracing Diversity in New York City Public Schools: Educational Outreach for Muslim Sensitivity, provided teachers with a fully integrated mini-curriculum that addresses the problem of intolerance towards Arab-, South Asian- and Muslim-Americans in the wake of the tragic events of 9/11.

The curriculum (Re)embracing Diversity combines a wealth of information about Islam and Muslims with interactive classroom activities that foster the critical importance of tolerance and respect for ethnic and religious diversity. For the convenience of teachers, the curriculum is downloadable either in its entirety or as individual lesson plans depending on students’ needs or interests. Also, most lessons include one or more handouts, but these must be downloaded separately from the instructor’s guide.

Instructors Guide

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

Handouts and Video Resources

End Notes
End Notes


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