QFI partnered with the Duke University Islamic Studies Center to hold a five-day summer institute from June 25 – June 29, 2017 at Duke University, designed to introduce teachers to key themes in contemporary Islamic Studies. We explored overviews of the Safavid and Ottoman empires and their modern counterparts in Iran and Turkey, as well as the impact of Islam in America today. Teachers engaged with scholarly texts, learned about classroom resources, and participated in experiential learning activities such as visiting a mosque. Throughout the institute, participants considered how to bring these themes into their classrooms and developed curriculum/materials for classroom use.
All expenses were covered for selected participants including travel, lodging, meals, and books required for the program.