Emergence of Renaissance: Cultural Interactions between Europeans and Muslims

This modular curriculum unit features secondary and primary source evidence of the transfers of knowledge, technologies, sciences and styles during the period from the 12th Century Renaissance of translation in the Iberian Peninsula to the sixteenth century in four segments: Commerce and Travel; Education and Scholarship; Science and Technology; and the Visual Arts. Its readings and activities represent an exploration of teaching about cultural interactions as a topic of study, represented in people who were agents of interaction, objects that represent such interactions, and places where such interactions took place, through the medium of primary sources placed in context with secondary scholarship. The materials are differentiated for middle school and high school students, and the background readings and other resources are appropriate for community college students. The curriculum materials can be directly downloaded from http://cie.org.

Introduction to the Institute on Religion and Civic Values Resources (IRCV)

We are pleased to announce that a group of teaching resources that were previously only available in print, have now been released to educators for free download. These teaching units were produced for the purpose of providing teachers and textbook publishers with materials based in sound scholarship to reflect global perspectives in teaching world history and humanities. The organization that sponsored these works over two decades, The Institute on Religion and Civic Values (IRCV), is a national, non-profit research center with a mission to strengthen civil society by exploring issues at the intersection of faith, citizenship, and pluralism, and to serve as a catalyst to align public policymaking with our nation’s core values. IRCV advances religious freedom, religious pluralism, and religious literacy. Utilizing a non-advocacy approach, IRCV’s research, consulting, training and resource development work encompasses areas such as public education, civic engagement, media/discourse analysis, inter-religious cooperation, and international development.