Welcome to KARAMA

KARAMA is an independent, non-partisan organization seeking to promote understanding of the issues facing the Arab and Islamic world, and of the Palestinian issue in particular.  KARAMA’s vision is that a fresh understanding of the hopes and aspirations of the area’s people will replace the stereotypes and distortions that dominate public discourse on the region.  We are involved in several projects to help realize this vision.  On this website you can find information about these projects and you can access resources that we have collected or created that speak to the vital issues of the Arab and Islamic World. 

Fragmentation of the Arab World:
The Role of U.S. Intervention
Coming October 10

As'ad AbuKhalil Professor As'ad AbKhalil of CalifoProfessor As'ad AbKhalil of California State University Stanislaus will speak on October 10 on the current situation in the Arab world, focusing on the role and consequences of U.S. intervention. The program will take place at:

7:00 PM, Saturday, October 10
Santa Fe Room, Balboa Club
Balboa Park

Prof. AbuKhalil gained national attention in April when he pointed out that NBC reporter Richard Engel wrongly reported that he had been kidnapped in Syria in 2012 by pro-government forces and was rescued by Free Syrian Army forces. Actually, Engel was kidnapped by Free Syrian Army forces and "rescued" by allied FSA forces.

For more information and for a map showing the location of the Balboa Club, click here.

KARAMA offers supplementary materials
on teaching about Islam and teaching
the Palestine/Israel conflict

KARAMA has developed a packet of supplementary materials that is intended to be used as an aid in presenting the information already in seventh grade social studies textbooks.  The materials are organized into three content categories plus an overview and a list of links to additional resources.  The three categories are Introduction to Islam, Beliefs of Islam, and Islamic Achievements.  Please review these materials, and if you find them useful, feel free to download and reproduce as needed.  To see these materials, click here.

In addition, Karama offers the Lesson Outline and supplementary materials for the workshop Teaching the Palestine/Israel Conflict: A Multuple Narratives Approach developed by Dr. Samia Shoman.  To see these materials, click here.

The piece below is KARAMA's overview of the issues of the region.

The Modern History of the Arab and Islamic
World is Inseparable From Colonialism

League of Nations Mandates, 1920.

From the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement, the 1917 Balfour Declaration, and the 1920's League of Nations Mandates to the contemporary occupation of Palestine and calls for "regime change," major features of the region have been imposed by the West with little regard for the rights and hopes of the people living there.

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