The Diversity of the Islamic World

One of the major themes running through out summer NEH program was tracing the diversity within the Islamic World. We had a chance to look through a variety of art forms to really examine if the term "Islamic World" is even appropriate. For example, what does a Mongolian shepherd have in common with an oil [...]

Employing Different Teaching Methods in Humanities

I have a lot, and I mean A LOT, of flexibility in Humanities (my standards are super vague, for example I have to teach "art of diverse cultures"...check!). This can be so freeing especially in an educational climate that is choking so many good teachers into robotic instruction, however the downside of it can be [...]

A Reverence for Words: Understanding Muslim Culture through the Arts Reading List

Next week starts my 2- week summer teacher education program, A Reverence for Words: Understanding Muslims Cultures through the Arts. This will be my second National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute; last year I went to the Religious Worlds of New York Institute and this year I's excited back in the city that never [...]

Medieval Al-Andalus

The Andalusian region certainly has a different flavor, sound, and look than the rest of Spain. Today this region is called Andalusia but that comes from the Arabic term Al-Andalus for the Muslim-controlled regions of the Iberian Peninsula. This multi-cultural past remains very visible in the major cities of Cordoba, Granada and Seville (the three [...]