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K-12 Teaching the Middle East Webinar Series: “Islam Through Art” with Dr. Christiane Gruber (University of Michigan)

January 28, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This webinar introduces participants to key issues and themes in Islamic art, including architectural interactions and the importance of ornament and Arabic-script calligraphy. This session also aims to dispel contemporary discourses about figural imagery, especially depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. Finally, we will discuss readings, pedagogical strategies, and online resources which can help teach Islam in a manner that aims to circumvent simplistic presuppositions and “otherizing” binaries.

This series offers five interactive sessions between January and May 2021, featuring resources and strategies for teaching about the Middle East relevant to both in-person and virtual teaching for Grades 6-12 and community colleges.

All events occur on Thursdays, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time

FREE! | Earn Professional Development Hours, and State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) for Michigan Teachers!
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This program is a collaboration between the National Resource Centers dedicated to Middle East Studies at Duke University-The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.


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January 28, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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