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. 

May17: Classic Egyptian Cinema
Under the Stars

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THIS RARE OPPORTUNITY TO VIEW
THE CLASSIC 1958 YOUSSEF CHAHINE FILM

cairo station screening info

In the original black and white at San Diego's premier outdoor
theater, Cinema Under the Stars, in Mission Hills

Film synopsis: Qinawi, a physically challenged peddler who makes his living selling newspapers in the central Cairo train station, is obsessed by Hanouma, an attractive young woman who sells lemonade.  Sadly, Hanouma is engaged to rugged station worker Abu-Serih.  Eventually, Qinawi's fixation on Hounama crosses the threshold from an innocent crush to a dangerous obsession.  Presented in Arabic with English subtitles.

Sunday     May 17     6:00 PM

Reception from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Arabic Mezza and refreshments will be served

Film begins promptly at 7:30 PM

Cinema Under the Stars is located at:  4040 Goldfinch (one block north of Washington, San Diego, CA 92103

$35 per person; to purchase tickets, click here.
THE THEATER ONLY SEATS 60, SO PLEASE PURCHASE tICKETS EARLY!

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.

              Click here to read more.