The Middle East - Connecting Questions


  • Connecting Questions: Religious Militancy

    What is religious militancy and its relationship to terrorism? Throughout history, extremist religious movements have been a response to historical circumstances, particularly arising when groups have felt threatened. Examine religion militancy and movements in the Middle East in this text from the WGBH production, Global Connections: The Middle East.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Connecting Questions: Roles of Women

    What factors determine the changing roles of women in the Middle East and Islamic societies? Muslim women, like women all over the world, have struggled against inequality and restrictive practices in education, work force participation, and family roles yet many of these oppressive practices do not come from Islam itself, but are part of local cultural traditions. Examine the role of women in the Middle East in this text from the WGBH production, Global Connections: The Middle East.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Connecting Questions: Nation-States

    How were the modern nation-states of the Middle East created? The map of the Middle East, as we know it today, was shaped by the events of World War I. Prior to that time, the Ottoman Empire controlled much of the area. Examine the development of the current nation-states of the Middle East, in this text from the WGBH production, Global Connections: The Middle East.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Connecting Questions: U.S. Foreign Policy

    What have been the role and effects of U.S. foreign policies and actions in the Middle East? Despite the physical distance between the United States and the Middle East, U.S. influence has been felt in every country within the region. Examine the political relationship between the United States and the Middle East in this text from the WGBH production, Global Connections: The Middle East.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Connecting Questions: Natural Resources

    What role have natural resources played in the politics and economy of the Middle East? Examine the history and influence of natural resources in Middle Eastern countries in this text from the WGBH production, Global Connections: The Middle East.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Connecting Questions: Stereotypes

    What are some typical misperceptions and stereotypes Westerners hold about Islam and the Middle East, and vice versa? Examine the presence and influence of stereotypes in Middle Eastern countries in this text from the WGBH production, Global Connections: The Middle East.

    Grades: 9-12

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