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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

Six Arab American Poets
This 1997 series offers listeners a chance to hear emerging voices in the American literary community: writers of Arab descent. These programs originally aired as part of the Radio Tahrir series produced and hosted by Barbara Nimri Aziz.

Interview with Margaret Larkin [Video Clip: 31 M]
In this interview Margaret Larkin, professor of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California in Berkeley, talks about the history of Arabic Literature through its major phases, from the pre-Islamic era through the   more...

Interview with Barbara Nimri Aziz [Audio Clip: 9 K]
Barbara Nimri Aziz, producer of the radio series “From Cordoba to Baghdadâ€? with Shimon Shaheen and the series “Six Arab American Poetsâ€? is an anthropologist and journalist who is the host of Radio Tahrir   more...

Ammiel Alcalay on Mizrahi Literature [Audio Clip: 3.7 M]
Mizrahi is the term that refers to Jewish communities of Middle Eastern origin in Israel. In this portion of the interview Ammiel Alcalay, who has done much work on Mizrahi Literature, including   more...

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