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This website has been launched by the governments of Oman and Singapore to cover the construction and voyage of a 9th-century Arab sailing ship.

A team of experts has built the Jewel of Muscat in a specially constructed shipyard on the beach in Qantab in Oman. They are using a range of historical sources, including archaeological findings from the ‘Belitung Wreck’, including the Tang Treasure, which was discovered in 1998 in Indonesia waters.

The ship has been constructed with the methods available to 9th-century Arab craftsmen. The planks have been sewn together using coconut fibre, and the square sails will be made of plaited palm leaves.

Once constructed, the ship set sail on an historic journey from Oman to Singapore.

Some Characteristics of Singapore Law by Greg Alms

Lessons in Class: High School Seniors

Lesson Plan

Kari Kohl, The New York Times Learning Network

Grades: 6-8, 9-12
Subjects: Geography, Global History, Language Arts, Social Studies

Overview of Lesson Plan: In this lesson, students examine the fears and frustrations of citizens in the tolerant Muslim nation of Indonesia during the holy month of Ramadan. They then explore the symbols used in various world religions and create 3-dimensional displays for a class ‘World Religious Symbols Museum.’

Suggested Time Allowance: 45 minutes- 1 hour

Lesson Plan

Many see Malaysia as a moderate Islamic country that has found a unique and harmonious balance between religion, secularism and multiculturalism. Zan Azlee decides to learn and find out more about Islam and his own identity as a Malay Muslim. He embarks on a journey to the heartland of Islam, the Middle-East, with nothing but his video camera and a bag full of instant noodles. He meets a brutal heavy metal band in Iran, discovers a Syrian version of Low Yat Plaza in Damascus, hangs out with a couple of Palestinian dudes in a refugee camp in Beirut and learns about sex from a bunch of artists in Jordan.

Lesson plan/outline on Southeast Asian food and its influence on culture supplemented with backround readings.

This curriculum unit is intended to help students become familiar with various examples of how culture has been shaped through the influence of food within Southeast Asia.

A list of objectives, a very general overview of food and culture in Southeast Asia, a lesson plan, and a list of references are included.

Lesson Plan

Lesson Plans

  1. Introduction to Southeast Asia: Lifestyle, Livelihood, and Subsistence
  2. The Arrival of Islam in Southeast Asia
  3. The Impact of Localization on the Practice of Islam in Indonesia and Malaysia
  4. “The Third Notch” and Traditions of Mourning: A Malaysian Short Story
  5. Hajj and Local Indonesian Pilgrimage
  6. ‘Finishing the Koran’ and Rites of Passage: Local Perspectives on Islamic Religious Observance
  7. The Senses and the Sacred: Islam and Contemporary Indonesian Popular Music
  8. Indonesian Wooden Puppet Theater of West Java, the Amir Hamzah Stories and the Localization of Islam
  9. Islamic Motifs in Contemporary Indonesian Painting and Calligraphy
  10. Women, Education, and the Veil in Contemporary Indonesia

Malaysia is considered the epicenter for Islamic-style financial services, which are becoming popular internationally. (Malaysian government census figures place the country’s Islamic population at around 59 percent.) Sharia, or Islamic law, considers interest payments a form of usury because depositors and lenders earn a profit without providing labor or sharing in the risks involved. Islamic banking has circumvented that restriction with a provision that allows those players to share in the bank’s profits. The bank then pools deposits to invest in construction, commodities trading and other businesses that do not generate interest payments. This means that commercial banks and their depositors do not technically receive any interest. Because losses are also possible, this arrangement involves some risk, and thereby gets around the Sharia’s prohibition.

Lesson Plan

This lesson is intended to introduce students to the country of Malaysia and its religiously diverse culture. Roughly sixty percent of Malaysians are Muslim, and the remaining forty percent practice religions such as Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism, and Shamanism. Students will learn about the open nature of Malaysian society regarding religion, and in particular, they will learn basic information about Islam and the unique way it is practiced in Malaysia. Students will go on to learn about the role Islam plays in women’s lives and the intersection between Islam, other religions, and Malaysian society.

Lesson Plan


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