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Middle East and North Africa

The Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies (CMENAS) is dedicated to promoting a broader and deeper understanding of the MENA region, a critical and complex region of the world, both in higher education and in K-14 classrooms.

We have provided a multitude of resources to help K-14 educators teach MENA-related subjects. Our goal is to connect educators to current and pedagogically-sound resources on the Middle East and North Africa. Lesson plans, recommended books/films, archival resources and other online portals are avaiable to educators in Michigan.

Webinar Series for Educators: "Contemporary Middle East in Context"

A three-part webinar series exploring certain current issues with a focus on historical context. Each 90-minute session featured a different issue that demonstrated how understanding the past is essential for comprehending today’s Middle East. Attending teachers gained a deeper understanding of the region’s history and current events, as well as ideas about incorporating this understanding into classrooms.

Webinar Series for Educators: “How to Teach About the Middle East—and Get it Right!”

A webinar series 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.


Lesson Plans and additional curriculum development guides 

Over 30 lesson plans categorized by subject, along with a brief description of the lesson plan; K-14 educational materials on the Middle East and North Africa; and portals of non-profit organizations, think tanks, and educational institutions that feature teaching materials on the Middle East and North Africa.

Books, films, and archival resources

Recommended reading on the Middle East and North Africa, as well as film lists and databases of relevant primary sources.

MENA in Michigan

Case studies and teaching aids about Michigan’s MENA and Muslim communities.

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