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Gaining Background for the Graphic Novel Persepolis: A WebQuest on Iran

Persepolis Lesson Plan

ilile Persepolis Lesson Plan (scroll down)

Behind Persepolis: The Islamic Revolution

NYTimes lesson plan on Islamic Revolution (a lot of resources)

Lesson: Storyboarding Revolution

Pictures Tell the Story: Improving Comprehension With Persepolis

Persepolis: A Graphic Story of Childhood.

Lesson Plan

Lesson Plans

Afghanistan’s Women: What Needs to Happen for Equality to be Achieved?

Women’s Rights in Post-War Afghanistan

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/afghanistanunveiled/

This website is an archive of book paintings–commonly known as Persian Miniatures–that were created to illustrate scenes from the Persian national epic, the Shahnama (the Book of Kings). The Shahnama is a poem of some 50,000 couplets that was composed by Abu’l Qasim Firdausi over a period of several decades in the late tenth and early eleventh centuries. The core of this archive is a fund of 277 illustrations from five illustrated manuscripts of the Shahnama that are housed in Princeton University’s Firestone Library and which were bequeathed to Princeton by Clara S. Peck and by Robert Garrett (Class of 1897). These manuscripts date from 1544 to 1674 AD, and vary a good deal both in the number and quality of paintings each contains, and in the scenes chosen for illustration.

http://www.princeton.edu/~shahnama/

http://afghanistandl.nyu.edu/index.html

Afghanistan’s legacy of publishing is in clear danger of disappearing. The earliest publications appearing in Afghanistan are extremely rare and, judging by their absence from library collections around the world, are to be found now almost exclusively in private collections, where public access is limited or non-existent. Decades of war in Afghanistan have further dispersed and destroyed holdings of books within the country itself.

The immediate objective of the Afghanistan Digital Library is to retrieve and restore the first sixty years of Afghanistan’s published cultural heritage. The project is collecting, cataloging, digitizing, and making available over the Internet as many Afghan publications from the period 1871–1930 as it is possible to identify and locate. In addition to books, this will eventually include all published serials, documents, pamphlets, and manuals. Phase 1 of the project, undertaken in 2005, has drawn materials from the collections of several private collectors as well as from the holdings of New York University Library and the British Library. Phase 2, undertaken in 2006, has trained a staff at the National Archives in Kabul in conservation and digitization and is engaged in the cataloging and digitization of materials held in various public and private collections inside Afghanistan. In time the project plans to carry the dissemination of Afghan publications through the period between 1931 and 1950. Providing universal availability to this broad historical span of Afghanistan’s published history, and in the process constructing a national bibliography for the country, the Afghanistan Digital Library will reconstruct an essential part of Afghanistan’s cultural heritage.

The Afghanistan Digital Library is a project of New York University Libraries with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Reed Foundation, and the W.L.S. Spencer Foundation.

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.

Children’s Corner is a resource for children, parents, and teachers. Utilizing fun and informative pages and links, children and educators are exposed to stories, songs, art, and games creating a bridge to Iran’s past, present, and future. In addition, Children’s Corner has references for young adults and their teachers, including Iran Handbook: A Pre-Collegiate Guide. The Handbook is made up of nine sections focusing on Iran’s history and culture from geography to holidays, from history to cuisine. Iran Handbook is in English; most other material in “Children’s Corner,” including stories and poems, is in Persian.

Stories and Songs
Resources for Young Adults
Stories from the Shahnameh (Excerpts in Persian)
History of Iran for Young Adults (in Persian)

Source: Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies – University of Illinois

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