Not saying that Google Search itself is biased, but that it can reveal the bias of internet users and all of the "information" posted online. Within the proper context, seeing potential searches can be very informative about cultural perceptions, online communities and prejudices. Be cautious and judicious in how (or if) you use this within a classroom setting. See comments for additional results of additional "religious" searches.
One of the amazing memories of my trip to Europe was visiting the Vatican and developing a kink in my neck from marveling at the ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. No photography is allowed to preserve reverence in what many consider not only a cultural heritage site, but a holy site. This link is the next best thing to being in the Vatican staring at the Sistine Chapel. We might not be able to travel the world with our students, but this can help us bring the world to our classroom.
This is one of the more impressive cultural landmarks in the world, and an architectural marvel. Studying the cultural landscape reveals that multiple 'layers' are superimposed one upon another. This phenomenon, known as sequent occupance, is most plainly manifested in this site. The Haga Sophia has been both a Christian and Muslim holy site, depending which political empire has controlled the city of Istanbul.
Seventeen years after she stared out from the cover of National Geographic, a former Afghan refugee comes face-to-face with the world once more.
The original cover is one of the more famous National Geographic photos of all time, and yet the woman in the photograph has not lived a life as though millions of people could recognize her eyes. This is her story.
This map shows each verified incident of violence in Gaza and Israel since last week's assassination of Hamas leader Ahmed al-Jabari. Geospatial technologies combined with social media are changing how we learn about (and wage) wars.
The desire to identify lawbreakers and bring them to justice is so great that it has inspired countless stories, novels, plays, movies, and television series. But how accurate are the fictional portrayals of crime investigations?
The Golden Temple is the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion. It is also home to one of the largest free eateries in the world.
This two-minute video clip is an effective portal to alternative religious traditions on the South Asian subcontinent. While students might not at first relate to the theologies of diverse religious traditions, they connect with the underlying ethics of many world religions. This video is an effective tool to help them gain greater cultural understanding and demystify unfamiliar cultural practices.
A set of 2000 census maps that focus on religion in the United States. Even in secular societies, religion can play an important role within society, both culturally and politically. Include are links to many more religious maps.
For over 1400 years, Mecca has been one of the most important cities in the Arabian Peninsula. By the middle of the 6th century, there were three major settl...
As the heart of Islam, Mecca brings in pilgrims from around the world. This documentary gives a great overview of the historical, spiritual and cultural reasons why this is sacred space to over one billion Muslims. Additionally, this documentary contains an analysis of the logistics that are a part of the Hajj.
"Why would they want to pull down these walls?” asks William Boyd mildly as he offers me a cup of tea in his home at Cluan Place, a predominantly Loyalist area of east Belfast.
These walls, orginally installed in the late 60s to protect Belfast residents during "the Troubles." Today, some argue that these walls are now barriers to the peace process as they continue defacto segregation. Walls, as barriers to diffusion, stifle communication, cooperation and interaction. Still, these walls are symbols of communal identity and icons in the cultural landscape. For more academic work on this, see Peter Shirlow's Belfast: Segregation, Violence and the City.
Questions to Consider: How would a wall through an already culturally and politically divided city impact both sides of the wall? Today, are the walls beneficial to peace in Northern Ireland?
Israeli airstrikes began November 14, following months of Palestinian rocket fire into Israel.
"Monday, the top leader of Hamas dared Israel to launch a ground invasion of Gaza and dismissed diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in the six-day-old conflict, as the Israeli military conducted a new wave of deadly airstrikes which included a second hit on a 15-story building that houses media outlets." This photo essay shows 34 powerful images that are emerging from this deadly conflict. If students need some background to understand who are the major players in this conflict, this glossary should be helpful.
Hey friends-it's time to stop saying, "It's too complicated!" Watch this Jewish Voice for Peace 6 minute mini-primer. about why Israelis and Palestinians are fighting..
This video from the Jewish Voice for Peace has a more politically motivated angle than most of the resources that I post on this site, but I feel that they do justice to both sides as well as the truth. In a simple way it lays out the roots of many of the problems in the region with historic and geographic perspectives.
Al-MonitorThe Economics of the Gaza Cease-FireAl-MonitorThe argument surrounding whether it was right to stop the operation in Gaza is taking place in terms that are ideological, military, political and more — but deals less with the economic...
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