An Introduction to Albert Hourani's A History of the Arab Peoples

The Middle East is known for its unique culture and often divisive cultural boundaries. A video summary, part of the an intriguing playlist about the world's greatest ideas, discusses how Arab civilization and culture has developed over time. The video incorporates graphics and thought-provoking questions to make the text more accessible to readers.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Review a map and point out Arab countries
  • Research different aspects of Arab culture and how they have changed over time
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a general understanding of Arab people groups
  • Uses an analogy to illustrate Hourani's main argument 
  • Narration is clear and moves at a pace that makes it easy to understand
  • Pop-up text and links occasionally distract from the content of the video