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Musharaka [ Cooperation ]  Calligraphy by Khaled Al-Saai

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A website for K-12 educators featuring innovative resource on the culture, geography, history and religions of the Middle East, including essays, classroom activities, downloadable multimedia content and interactive Google Earth tours.


This section contains video and audio materials, most of which have not appeared online before. While we have made an effort to keep the file sizes and running times small, some of the clips may take a long time to download, particularly from a dialup connection. Each clip comes with a text description, and many of the interviews have been transcribed. To view clips on our site, you will need the free QuickTime plugin

Collections of related audio and video materials are listed in tan. Items listed in grey are in the process of being digitized, and will be available soon.

QuickTime Audio and Video Clips

Forces of Change: Women Artists of the Arab World [Video Clip: 22.1 M]
This remarkable video, produced by the International Council for Women in the Arts, contians interviews with contemporary women artists from around the Arab World, and is narrated by Casey Kasem.

Dynastic Architecture [Video Clip: 32.7 M]
This film, narrated in French, is a history of some of the great archtectural monuments in Morocco.

Khaled Al-Saa'i, a Calligrapher at Work [Video Clip: 3.9 M]
This clip represents the convergence of three of the most important art forms in the Arab world. Syrian calligrapher Khaled Al-Saa’i writes a verse by the Jordanian poet Taher Riadh while accompanied by Khaled Jaramani, lute virtuoso, member of the   more...

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