WORLD Demonstrations erupted across the Middle East as Shiite Muslims protested Saudi Arabia’s execution of prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Who was Sheikh Nimr, and what are the differences between Sunni and Shiite Islam? (Irish Examiner) Use our resources to learn more about the historic differences between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ … Continue reading Sunnis and Shiites: Why are Saudi Arabia and Iran at Odds?
By Seth Dixon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Geography at Rhode Island College The government of the People’s Republic of China calls the country’s westernmost region Xinjiang, but the people who have lived there for centuries refer to their home as Eastern Turkistan. Oftentimes when two groups do not refer to a place by the same name, it points to a cultural or political conflict, as is the … Continue reading One Place, Two Names
BUSINESS The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is hearing arguments in a lawsuit against the giant clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch. The suit claims religious discrimination in not hiring a job applicant wearing hijab. (International Business Times) Learn more about varying interpretations of hijab and how secular governments have responded. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ … Continue reading Abercrombie & Islam
By Seth Dixon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Geography, Rhode Island College “Whatever you can rightly say about India, the opposite is also true.” —Amartya Sen I am torn about how to teach these two ideas about cultures and societies all around the world: People and cultures are different all over the world. People and cultures are the same all over the world. These points may … Continue reading Teaching Cultural Empathy: Stereotypes, World Views and Cultural Difference