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Teach the Egyptian Revolution

Here’s a compilation of some of the best the internet has to offer to students and teachers seeking a better understanding of the Egyptian Revolution. Teachers: feel free to use this in any way that helps you inform your students. Students: feel free to use this to inform your teachers!

The Egyptian revolution was accomplished by a diverse movement of people from all walks of life. Christians, Muslims, and atheists in all countries might consider putting their differences aside and working together.  Imagine what we can accomplish when we share love and respect! Fight the forces of divide and rule.

Egyptian Muslims and Christians Rising Up Together

Here’s a photograph of Christians protecting Muslims, as described in the article.

I’ll never forget that picture, not as long as I live.  How old do you think those young men are?  How old are you?

I know a lot of you are worried that the revolution in Egypt means Egypt will now be run by a terrorism-sponsoring government, one that will be hostile to the US and its interests at home and abroad.  To me, it seems humorous even typing those words!  But I really do understand your fears.  You’ve been told your whole lives, probably, about how dangerous Muslims are.  Well, here are some good articles for you:

Cairo unrest has its roots in actions of Mahallah’s workers

Uprising Dents Idea that Muslim Brotherhood Leads Egypt’s Opposition

Maajid Nawaz: The Muslim Brotherhood Lacks a Khomeini Figure

I adore this picture.  This woman is wearing one of the most beautiful niqab (veil) I’ve ever seen.  Do you think she looks “oppressed”?

Have you seen this video of Asmaa Mahfouz?  She’s received a lot of the credit for starting the revolution.  How old is she?  How old are you?

Do you see her, and listen to her, and still think she is “oppressed”?  I don’t know if you know this, but a lot of women wearing the hijab (head scarf) are kind of insulted at the implication that this scarf makes them weak, or incompetent.

How do you respond to this inspiring speech about Egyptian values? Discuss the values of the Egyptian protesters, and respond to them. Are these your values?  Here’s something to get your discussion started. This photograph, taken today (Feb. 12) in Algeria, quotes Tupac Shakur.

You might enjoy this YouTube video: It’s hilarious!

Do you use social networking tools like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter? If so, do you have enough confidence with these tools that you could use them to support a people’s demand for democracy and justice?  Think about these young people.  Aren’t they about your age?  This is your generation, taking to the streets in Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Yemen, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Gaza!  They’re seeking the freedoms you take for granted.  What can you do to help them?

They love you, did you know that?  Do you love them?

A couple of postscripts:

Here’s an article with a very sunny outlook concerning the role of virtual worlds in the changing Arab world:

This page includes a number of recent blog posts following the Egyptian revolution in Second Life.

And here’s a 75-minute webinar given by yours truly about Islam in America, and American Muslims:

Understanding Islam and Muslims

I believe it will be appropriate for high school students as well as college students.

Finally, more advanced students will have a very satisfying debate about the ideas proposed in this article: Egypt and Social Media: “Revolution 2.0” Roundup

Good luck! Let us know if you use any of this, and if so, what it was like!

–Beth Davies-Stofka
Twitter: @eirwenes

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