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The Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies offers these books and films for loan free of charge to North Carolina K-16 educators. Contact Regina Higgins at for more information.


Budrus. (Just Vision, 2010.) A documentary featuring Israeli and Palestinian cooperation in a protest of the Separation Barrier. DVD include 58 and 82 minute versions of the film.

Encounter Points. (Just Vision, 2006) A documentary presenting the grassroots effort involving ordinary Israelis and Palestinians in a dangerous quest for peace.

Seven Wonders of the Muslim World. (Crescent Films, 2008) A beautifully filmed exploration of seven of the most historic mosques in the world, including the Grand Mosque in Mecca, site of the Ka'ba.

More to be added soon.


MEOC (Middle East Outreach Council) Award Books All these books have been honored by the Middle East Outreach Council for "authenticity of their portrayal of a Middle Eastern subject, as well as on characterization, plot, and appeal for the intended audience." For a detailed summary of each book, go to the MEOC Book Awards website.

Picture Books
- Alalou, Elizabeth and Ali Alalou. The Butter Man. A beautifully illustrated tale introducing children to the culture and language of a Berber village in Morocco.
- Ruelle, Karen Gray and Deborah Durland DeSaix. The Grand Mosque of Paris. The story of how Muslims protected Jews during the Nazi occupation of Paris.

Upper Elementary and Middle School Fiction
- Clements, Andrew. Extra Credit. A young girl in rural Illinois begins a pen pal connection with a young boy in rural Afghanistan.

Middle and High School Fiction
- Khan, Rukhsana. Wanting Mor. When Jameela's mother ("Mor") dies, her father moves the fmily to Kabul, where a new life and a new stepmother present difficult challenges for the young girl.
- Zenatti, Valeri. A Bottle in the Gaza Sea. A young Israeli girl and a Palestinian boy make contact through a message in a bottle, and begin an email correspondence that opens conversation about the many issues that unite and divide them.

Middle and High School Nonfiction
- Beardwood, Mary. The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Arabia. A compendium of facts, illustrations, and photographs the geography, history, culture, and diverse plant and animal life in the Arabian Peninsula.
- January, Brendan. The Iranian Revolution. (Pivotal Moments That Changed the World Series). A well-written and balanced view of the Iranian Revolution, ideal for research by young students.

High School Nonfiction
- Stewart, Dona J. The Middle East Today: Political, Geographical, and Cultural Perspectives. A clear and well-written textbook on the Middle East, especially suited for advanced high school students.

Additional Books for K-12 Classes
- Hafiz, Dilara, Yasmine Hafiz, and Imran Hafiz. The American Muslim Teenager's Handbook. An accessible guide to Muslim faith and tradition as experienced by today's American Muslim teenagers.
- Mortenson, Greg and David Oliver Relin. Three Cups of Tea. The best-selling account of a young American climber's mission to support schools for girls in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
-Mortenson, Greg and David Oliver Relin. Adapted by Sarah Thomson. Three Cups of Tea. A young reader's edition, with a foreword by Jane Goodall.
- Shields, Sarah. Turkey. (National Geographic Countries of the World Series.) An introduction to Turkey for upper elementary and middle school readers. Includes full page maps, photographs, and chapters on geography, history, government and economy.

Books for Teachers These are books that may be advanced for K-12 students, but useful for teachers at all levels who want to increase their knowledge of the Middle East.

- Abisaab, Malek. Militant Women of a Fragile Nation. (Lebanon)
- Abufarha, Nasser. The Making of a Human Bomb: An Ethnography of Palestinian Resistance.
- Achcar, Gilbert. The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives.
- Aghacy, Samira. Masculine Identity in the Fiction of the Arab East Since 1967.
- Ahmad, Sadaf. Transforming Faith: The Story of Al-Huda and Islamic Revivalism among Urban Pakistani Women.
- Al-Ali, Nadje, and Nicola Pratt. What Kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq.
- Arjomand, Said Amir. After Khomeini: Iran Under His Successors.
- Baer, Marc David. The Dnme: Jewish Converts, Muslim Revolutionaries, and Secular Turks.
- Bailey, Clinton. Bedouin Law from Sinai and the Negev.
- Berinstain, Valerie. India and the Mughal Dynasty. Note: This is a richly illustrated book featuring the Islamicate art of the period.
- Bobelian, Michael. Children of Armenia: A Forgotten Genocide and the Century-Long Struggle for Justice.
- Bottero, Jean. Everyday Life in Ancient Mesapotamia.
- Brower, Benjamin Claude. A Desert Named Peace: The Violence of France's Empire in the Algerian Sahara, 1844-1902.
- Browers, Michaelle L. Political Ideology in the Arab World: Accommodation and Transformation.
- Bulliet, Richard W. Cotton, Climate, and Camels in Early Islamic Iran: A Moment in World History.
- Calder, Norman. Islamic Jurisprudence in the Classical Era. (Edited by Colin Imber.)
- Carter, Sandra Gayle. What Moroccan Cinema? A Historical and Critical Study, 1956-2006.
- Casale, Giancarlo. The Ottoman Age of Exploration.
- Charfi, Abdelmadjid. Islam: Between Message and History.
- Dale, Stephen F. The Muslim Empires of the Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals.
- Dallal, Ahmad. Islam, Science, and the Challenge of History.
- Daoud, Suheir Abu Oksa. Palestinian Women and Politics in Israel.
- Davidson, Christopher M. Abu Dhabi: Oil and Beyond.
- De Vries, David. Diamonds and War: State, Capital, and Labor in British-Ruled Palestine.
- Dhillon, Navtej and Tarik Yousef, eds. Generation in Waiting: The Unfulfilled Promise of Young People in the Middle East.
- Di-Capua, Yoav. Gatekeepers of the Arab Past: Historians and History Writing in Twentieth-Century Egypt.
- Divine, Donna Robinson. Exiled in the Homeland: Zionism and the Return to Mandate Palestine.
- Donner, Fred M. Muhammad and the Believers at the Origin of Islam.
- Dunn, Ross E. The Adventures of Ibn Battuta: A Muslim Traveler of the 14th Century.
- Eligur, Banu. The Mobilization of Political Islam in Turkey.
- Erlich, Haggai. Islam and Christianity in the Horn of Africa.
- Faroqhi, Suraiya. Artisans of Empire: Crafts and Craftspeople Under the Ottomans.
- Fromherz, Allen James. Ibn Khaldun, Life and Times.
- Foley, Sean. The Arab Gulf States: Beyond Oil and Islam.
- Gause, F. Gregory, III. The International Relations of the Persian Gulf.
- Gershoni, Israel and James Jankowski. Confronting Fascism in Egypt: Dictatorship versus Democracy in the 1930s.
- Gesink, Indira Falk. Islamic Reform and Conservatism: Al-Azhar and the Evolution of Modern Sunni Islam.
- Golden, Peter B. Central Asia in World History.
- Gualtieri, Sarah M. A. Between Arab and White: Race and Ethnicity in the Early Syrian American Diaspora.
- Gul, Murat. The Emergence of Modern Istanbul: Transformation and Modernisation of a City.
- Harel, Yaron. Syrian Jewry in Transition: 1840-1880.
- Hoffman, Adina. My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet's Life in the Palestinian Century.
- Holden, Stacy E. The Politics of Food in Modern Morocco.
- Hunt, Lynn, Thomas R. Martin, et al. The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures, A Concise History. Volume I: To 1740.
- Jamal, Amal. The Arab Public Sphere in Israel.
- Kelly, Tobias. Law, Violence and Sovereignty Among West Bank Palestinians.
- Khalifa, Nouha. Hardship and Deliverance in the Islamic Tradition: Theology and Spirituality in the Works of Al-Tanuni.
- Khanbaghi, Aptin, Ed. Encyclopedias About Muslim Civilisations. (Muslim Civilisations Abstracts)
- Kholoussy, Hanan. For Better, For Worse: The Marriage Crisis that Made Modern Egypt.
- Khouri, Malek. The Arab National Project in Youssef Chahine's Cinema.
- King, Stephen J. The New Authoritarianism in the Middle East and North Africa.
- Klausen, Jytte. The Cartoons that Shook the World.
- Knox, Paul L. and Sallie A. Marston. Human Geography: Places and Regions in Global Context.
- Kraemer, Joel L. Historic Confrontations Between Jew and Arab. Hadassah Study Series, 1967.
- Kraidy, Marwan. M. Reality Television and Arab Politics: Contention in Public Life.
- Lowi, Miriam R. Oil Wealth and the Poverty of Politics: Algeria Compared.
- Marsham, Andrew. Rituals of Islamic Monarchy: Accession and Succession in the First Muslim Empire.
- Mokhtari, Shadi. After Abu Ghraib: Exploring Human Rights in America and the Middle East.
- Mazza, Roberto. Jerusalem: From the Ottomans to the British.
- Northrup, David. Ed. The Atlantic Slave Trade. (Problems in World History).
- O'Hanlon, Michael E. and Hassina Sherjan. Toughing It Out in Afghanistan.
- Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. Hard Lessons: The Iraq Reconstruction Experience.
- Osanloo, Arzoo. The Politics of Women's Rights in Iran.
- Pappe, Ilan. The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine.
- Pieprzak, Katarzyna. Imagined Museums: Art and Modernity in Postcolonial Morocco.
- Podolefsky, Aaron and Peter J. Brown. Applying Anthropology: An Introductory Reader. (Includes essays on cultural topics pertaining to the Middle East.)
- Ram, Haggai. Iranophobia: The Logic of an Israeli Obsession.
- Rowe, Nicholas. Raising Dust: A Cultural History of Dance in Palestine.
- Ryad, Umar. Islamic Reformism and Christianity: A Critical Reading of the Works of Muhammed Rashid Rida and His Associates.
- Sachedina, Abdulaziz. Islam and the Challenge of Human Rights.
- Seale, Patrick. The Struggle for Arab Independence: Riad el-Solh and the Makers of the Modern Middle East.
- Shamir, Jacob and Khalil Shikaki. Palestinian and Israeli Public Opinion: The Public Imperative in the Second Intifada.
- Shefer-Mossensohn, Miri. Ottoman Medicine: Healing and Medical Institutions, 1500-1700.
- Shirazi, Faegheh. Velvet Jihad: Muslim Women's Quiet Resistance to Islamic Fundamentalism.
- Starr, Deborah. Remembering Cosmopolitan Egypt: Literature, Culture, and Empire.
- Teveth, Shabtai. Moshe Dayan: The Soldier, the Man, the Legend.
- Travis, Hannibal. Genocide in the Middle East: The Ottoman Empire, Iraq, and Sudan.
- Trumbull, George R., IV. An Empire of Facts: Colonial Power, Cultural Knowledge, and Islam in Algeria, 1870-1914. (Critical Perspectives on Empire -Series).
- Weber, Stefan. Damascus: Ottoman Modernity and Urban Transformation 1808-1918, vols 1 and 2.
- Waines, David. The Odyssey of Ibn Battuta: Uncommon Tales of a Medieval Adventurer.
- Wilkins, Charles L. Forging Urban Solidarities: Ottoman Aleppo 1640-1700.
- Winter, Stefan. The Shiites of Lebanon Under Ottoman Rule, 1516-1788.
- Zilfi, Madeline C. Women and Slavery in the Late Ottoman Empire. UNC Home  |  College of Arts & Sciences  |  UNC Global  |  Directories  |  Search UNC