What is the Muslima Discussion Toolkit?
The toolkit is designed to help facilitate conversation, better understanding, and actions between diverse communities. It’s a companion piece to the Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art & Voices exhibition presented by IMOW. This discussion toolkit can be used at town hall meetings, in discussions at schools, after school programs, houses of worship, senior citizen centers, community centers, faith– and interfaith-based organizations, businesses, nonprofits, and book groups.
Participants can view selections from the Muslima exhibition and then engage in conversations about fears and stereotypes of each other; discuss whether the arts can help build bridges between communities; and how various societies can benefit from deeper awareness and appreciation of differences in order to bring about a more inclusive world.
What Will You Need?
- Computer(s) with internet access to muslima.imow.org
- Screen if you want to project images and text
- Muslima: Who Are Muslim Women? PDF with discussion questions
- Muslima: Who Are Muslim Women? Discussion Guide (PDF)
- Speak Up! Listen Up! pledge signature sheets (PDF): Ask your event attendees to join the "Speak up! Listen up!" pledge
- Customizable flyer (doc) to help promote your event
- Event report (link): After your event, please take this short survey to let us know how it went!
LESSON PLAN LINKS FOR EASY ACCESS
I. Identifying Stereotypes
II. Muslim Women and the Veil: Analyzing Stereotypes Through Images
- Sadaf Syed, "iCover"
- Helen Zughaib, "Changing Perceptions"
- Boushra Almutawakel, "The Hijab / Veil Series"
- Laleh Bakhtiar, "How Islam Confirms Women's Rights"
III. Female Agency: Challenging Stereotypes
- Alka Sadat and Maria Bashir, "Half-Value Life"
- Dr. Shirin Ebadi, "Pioneer in Peace"
- Soraya Morayef, "Wipe it Off and I Will Paint Again"
If you only have 15 minutes: