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Featured Lesson Plan
  • Fatwa and Human Rights
  • Student Handout: Discussion Questions Following Viewing
  • Student Handout: The Power of the Fatwa
  • Student Handout: Osama bin Laden and Holy War

  • Additional Lesson Ideas
  • Political Messages
  • Media Messages
  • Women's Rights in Saudi Arabia
  • Violence and Saudi Arabia

  • Internet Resources

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    Political Messages

    Using what they have learned about the messages and language of fatwas, students will read and critique President Bush's Inaugural address and his challenge to terrorism and compare world coverage and reactions.

    Inaugural Speech: President Sworn-In to Second Term
    [URL: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/01/20050120-1.html]
    World reactions: World Press Electrified by Bush Vision (BBC News)
    [URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4194221.stm]

    Students will also analyze other important political speeches, evaluating the impact on other nations:

    The Declaration of Independence
    [URL: http://www.archives.gov/national_archives_experience/charters/declaration_transcript.html]
    President Kennedy's inaugural speech
    [URL: http://www.jfklibrary.org/j012061.htm]
    President Bush's 2002 State of the Union address
    [URL: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/01/20020129-11.html]

    Media Messages

    FRONTLINE: Teacher Center, "In Search of Al Qaeda"
    This lesson helps students examine how fear, hate and mistrust develop, what influence the media has on their perceptions, and the role of editorial cartoonists.

    Women's Rights in Saudi Arabia

    Eye on Saudi Arabia from Global Eye
    This online lesson plan provides an interesting and concise picture of women's rights through five different individuals. Students will see how different women view the laws that govern their lives and their place in society.

    Violence and Saudi Arabia

    This lesson plan from The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer allows students to explore:

    • The importance of Saudi Arabia to the Islamic people
    • The increasing violence that is occurring in Saudi Arabia

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