Bridging Islamic Traditions Module
An Advancing the Humanities at Community Colleges Bridging Cultures Project
Fall 2012 ~ Spring 2014
The San Antonio College 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. We seek to illustrate how effective interdisciplinary collaboration in the humanities is uniquely suited to connecting intellectual processes to real-world challenges. The project is intended to improve faculty preparation and increase student engagement as part of a continuous quest to address intellectual traditions that often involve seemingly unbridgeable divides. Among the desired outcomes is the goal to foster scholarly and pedagogical exchanges among students and faculties across the five Alamo Colleges. The module ties into common humanities curriculum and aligns with the grant’s goal to advance cultural understanding and humanities teaching.
Our project 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.
Bridging Islamic Traditions Module is designed for a two-phase implementation.
Phase 1, will be guided by an Action Plan finalized during the fall 2012, Bridging Cultures Conference
1. The first phase develops module content components and prepares grant faculty to integrate the bridge module into spring 2013 Humanities and World History courses based on an action plan supported by Grant Mentors.
2. Phase 2 focuses on revisions based on module outcome assessments, reviews, and analysis from other participating Alamo colleges. The revised module will be available to the five Alamo Colleges for inclusion in Spring 2014 courses.
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. Action Plan
(pdf) ~ provides scope, learning outcomes, and assessment matrix for project modules. The action plan includes developmental phases and implementation timeline.NewsletterBridging Cultures Through the Humanities at Community Colleges
(November 2012, vol 1, issue 1)Curriculum Modules
with Learning outcomes, Student Activities & ResourcesModule 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.
Conrad D. Krueger, Sr., Ed.D., Dean of Arts & Sciences, Administrator 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
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.
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