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Bridging Islamic Traditions Module
An Advancing the Humanities at Community Colleges Bridging Cultures Project

Fall 2012 ~ Spring 2014 

The San Antonio College (SAC) Bridging Islamic Traditions Module project is one of eighteen projects selected from seventeen states for participation in the Advancing the Humanities: A National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures Project, 2012-2014.  The SAC project seeks to illustrate how interdisciplinary collaboration in the humanities is uniquely suited to connecting intellectual processes to real-world challenges. The project is designed to enrich faculty preparation for teaching about Islamic culture while increasing student engagement as part of a continuous quest to address intellectual traditions that often involve seemingly unbridgeable divides. Completed in December 2013, the modules tie into common humanities curriculum, state mandated course Learning Outcomes and align with the grant’s goal to advance cultural understanding and humanities teaching. 
       
Bridging Islamic Traditions addresses three linking bridges. The first bridge provides historical context linking the religion and expansion of Islam to place and time stretching from Al-Andalus to Persia. The second bridge links the Islamic Golden Age to the intellectual and architectural past of the Byzantine and Greek to the Renaissance. The remaining bridge connects the Islamic legacy to the cultural traditions of the Spanish empire as seen in the Americas and South Texas, specifically San Antonio.
 
Curriculum Modules with Learning outcomes, Topic Outline, Key Terms and Concepts, Student Activities, and Primary and Secondary Sources.

Module 1 ~ Provides historical context linking the religion and expansion of Islam to place and time stretching from Al-Andalus to Persia.
Module 2 ~ Links the Islamic Golden Age to the intellectual and architectural past of the Byzantine and Greek to the Renaissance.
Module 3 ~ Connects the Islamic legacy to the cultural traditions of the Spanish empire as seen in the Americas and South Texas, specifically San Antonio.
 

Student Self-guided Tour-Islamic Art Section San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA)
Student Self-guided Tour Mission Trail  San Antonio Missions, National Historic Park
Islamic Cultural Heritage in the Americas, project video made at Mission Espada featuring Dr. Emily Tai, Project Mentor, see version A (4:45): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86vrNX8cQY0 
version B (4:18): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaqGjKaAkBU . 

Module strength is based on flexibility and can be adapted to bridge a number of cultures and their contributions to local environments.  The modules are a smorgasbord.  Each facilitates faculties picking topics for their individual course, including math and science.  You can select eras, activities and LOs, while using resources ranging from the Quran to Islamic influence on Mexican cuisine.  Students like working with the variety of primary and secondary sources and are especially astounded how closely cultures are linked globally over time and space.  On the one hand, they can explore how Islamic traditions shaped culture in the Americas as evidenced I their physical surroundings and daily lives throughout the city of San Antonio, which serves as an activity-learning lab.  On the other hand, the modules may be replicated across America.  Students in other regions may explore ways shared Islamic traditions expanded as these traditions are evidenced in multiple places.
 
The Process-Project implementation was designed in two phases. 
Phase 1, guided by an Action Plan finalized during the fall 2012, Bridging Cultures Conference, was completed December 2012.  Module content components-reviewed by Grant Mentors-were developed and grant faculty prepared to integrate the bridging modules into spring 2013 Humanities and World History courses. 
Phase 2, completed May 2013, included a March Project Launch with three days of activities scheduled during the site visit of Project Mentor, Emily Tai, PhD, Professor of History, Queensborough Community College, NY.  During April and May revisions based on module outcome assessments, reviews, and analysis from other participating Alamo colleges were completed. 
 
The revised final modules (linked above to download as pdf) are available to the five Alamo Colleges and as open-source materials for other users for inclusion in Humanities courses. 
 
Project Access 
Action Plan  ~ provides scope, learning outcomes, and assessment matrix for project modules.  The action plan includes developmental phases and implementation timeline.
The Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) will host grant development and implementation phases and continue to serve as the repository for engaging all Alamo participating faculty and students during and after phase 2.

Grant Newsletter, Feature Article, Faculty & Student Outreach, Mentor Visit Materials
Bridging Cultures Through the Humanities at Community Colleges (November 2012, vol 1, issue 1)
The Humanities Promote Cultural Connections , Ellie Ashford (May 2013) Community College Daily, American Association of Community Colleges

Faculty & Student Outreach

      - Project Launch Workshop Flyer
      - Student Presentation Flyer
      - Fall Curriculum Access 2013 Flyer 

Mentor Visit Agenda
      - Site Visit Complete Agenda
      - Site Visit Workshop Agenda
      - Student Presentation, Dr. Tai, Islam & Modernity Slides
      - Student Presentation, Dr. Tai, Islam & Modernity Primary Source Handout 

Final Monograph Case Studies-for Eighteen participating college projects (available spring 2014). 

Project Team
Conrad D. Krueger, Sr., Ed.D., Dean of Arts & SciencesAdministrator Team Member
Ronni Pue, M.A., Professor of Humanities, Faculty Team Leader 
Carol A. Keller, Ph.D., Professor of History, Faculty Team Member
Project Mentor, Emily S. Tai Ph.D., Professor of History,
Queensborough  Community College, NY 
 
Grant Scholar, John O. Voll, Ph.D., Professor of Islamic History, and
Associate Director, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University


Advancing the Humanities at Community Colleges: A NEH Bridging Cultures Project is a  project of the Community College Humanities Association, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
 

Disclaimer: The website is hosted by San Antonio College. The contents are reviewed regularly for accuracy and timeliness. Efforts are made to update material as the need arises in order to make this information accessible through the internet. However, nothing within these pages is intended to supersede policy or official publications of SAC, or the Alamo Colleges.  
Disclaimer:  Funding for this project was made available with an Advancing the Humanities A: National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures Project from the National Endowment for the HumanitiesAny views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this Website do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
 

Last update December 2013
 Questions or Comments to:
ckeller@alamo.edu  

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