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The Middle East



The first edition of the Middle East teaching map, an overview of history, issues and current conditions, was published in February, 2002. An expanded and updated second edition was published in March, 2004. It includes 100 charts and graphs and 29 different maps. It has been distributed around the world, and is in use in university courses, libraries, peace conferences, church groups and public education throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East

Following are some comments from those using the maps:
    "Extremely useful for me... a really fine project." - Dr. Noam Chomsky, MIT

    "The best single resource for teaching about the Middle East that I have ever seen." - Dr. Mott Greene, University of Puget Sound

    "A magnificent teaching map... everything you need for a teach-in at your fingertips." - Joan Overman, Corning, NY

    "extraordinarily helpful for me at a time when we so urgently need sound information." - Tom Savage, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Seattle

    "An intensive study of this map will impart to the viewer a lot about the problems and crises that afflicts the Middle East.." - Dr. Farhat Ziadeh, University of Washington

    ".. an invaluable resource for secondary schools and for instructors in college courses." - Dr. Ian Lustick, University of Pennsylvania



    "It is a very handy item and we will be displaying it here in our offices. Thank you again. We are very impressed with the map.." - Diane Davidson, AAI, Washington, DC

    "It's really a fabulous learning tool." - Bonnie Isadoost, University of Kansas

    "Beautifully produced..an impressive compilation of geographical facts, history and cultural diversity."- Ed Marquand, Publisher, Marquand Books

    "..a valuable asset to us." - Ian Woods, Publisher and Editor, "Global Outlook"

    "If you are interested in learning about any part of the Middle East or teaching about it, THIS IS IT! The information it contains is fabulous. I recommend this unreservedly and in the highest terms." - Jeff Siddiqui, Seattle, WA


Institutions

A partial list of institutions that have purchased the Middle East Map
for use in their educational or outreach programs:


In Canada

British Columbia Teachers Federation
Carleton University Library
McMaster University
McGill University, Political Science Department
Royal Military College of Canada, Dept. of Politics and Economics
Ryerson University
Simon Fraser University
Toronto District School Board
University of Alberta Library
University of Saskatchewan Library
University Du Quebec a Montreal
University of Toronto
University of Victoria
University of Western Ontario,
York University

International

American Center of Oriental Research, Jordan
American University in Cairo, Egypt
Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Cambridge University Library, UK
Chair of West Asian History, Germany
Dept. of Political Science, Sweden
Institute for Palestinian Studies, Beirut
International Institute for the Study of Islam in the ModernWorld, Leiden
Internationales Landkartenhaus, Stuttgart
Jewish National Library, Jerusalem
Universitat Eichstatt, Germany
Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies, Jordan
University of Canterbury, New Zealand
University of Nottingham
Universita degli Studi, Italy
University of Durham, Hatfield College, UK
University of Exeter, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, UK
University of the Virgin Islands, Virgin Islands

In the United States

Augustana College, Dept. of Geography
Boston University
Brigham Young University
Chavay Zion Synagogue Religious School
Colgate University
Colombia University
Darmouth College
Duke University
Emory University
Fordham University
Georgetown University
Georgia State University
Hartford Seminary
Harvard University
Hofstra University
Ithaca College
Kent State University
MIT Libraries
New York University
Northwestern University
Notre Dame College
Oklahoma State University, Dept. of Geography
Oregon State University
Pacific Lutheran University
Pacific University Library
Perry Castaneda Map Library, University of Texas
Reed College Library
School for International Training
Seattle Pacific University
Skidmore College
Smith College
Stanford University
Troy State University
UCLA School of Law
UC Southern Calif.
University of Arizona
University of Arkansa
University of Chicago
University of Iowa Libraries
University of Michigan
University of Pennsylvania
University of South Carolina
University of Tennessee, Dept of History
University of Texas at Austin
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin Libraries
Yale University


The Knowers Ark Educational Foundation/Global Education Project


Previous Publications


After collaboration on several commercial publications, the team that formed the core of the Knowers Ark began educational publishing in 1990:
  • 1990 "What's Happening?", a map of south western B.C showing a partial inventory of the current environmental issues.

  • 1991 "Native Lands Then and Now", the first published compilation of First Nations traditional territories and treaty claims in British Columbia.

  • 1993 "The Leaf" and "Grasses", two botanical reference posters.

  • 1994 The Knowers Ark Educational Foundation was registered as a non-profit corporation in the province of British Columbia.

  • 1997 "A Guide to the Giza Plateau and Some Mysteries of Original Egyptian Culture"; The Guide to the Giza Plateau was the first publicly available to-scale plan map of the Giza Plateau showing all of the excavated sites around the great pyramids.

  • 1997"Giza on Line", an online resource guide associated with the paper poster/map.

  • 1998 "Y2K Wake Up" collated publicly available data available as of December 1998 on the challenges of the year 2000 crossover and the extent and consequences of the world's dependency on electricity, telecommunications and computer systems.

  • 1999 "Creative Culture and the Community Ark", a world satellite map and resource inventory of the aspects of sustainable culture.

  • 2002 "The Middle East" an overview of history, issues and current conditions.

  • 2004 "The Middle East"an expanded and updated second edition was published in March, 2004.

"What's Happening", published in 1990


"Native Lands, Then and Now", published in 1991



"The Leaf", published 1993

"Grasses", published 1993



"A Guide to the Giza Plateau", 1997

"Creative Culture and the Community Ark", published in 1999



"The Middle East"; a double sided educational wall map, 2nd ed. published march 2004
Publishing Standards
The Knowers Ark publishing adheres to rigorous standards and strives for an impartial and comprehensive presentation of the most relevant information necessary for both accurate and adequate education. All sources are carefully chosen and cited.
Charitable distribution of a large portion of each press run (usually 15%) is normal.

The Knowers Ark's electronic publishing efforts have produced accessible web sites which now include the entire contents of the recent paper publications, with additional links, sources and downloadable briefing sheets.

To fullfill our educational mandate and reach the largest possible readership, we publish both electronically and on paper the paper posters assist thousands of people not reached by the internet and provide a coherent multi-use overview on one piece of paper for which there is no equivalent in the electronic medium. The website is needed because many internet users are not going to purchase a printed piece. For most, free access is their only access.

Over 70,000 people used our website last year.

Other than one small grant in 1998, the maps and websites have been funded and produced entirely through the support of volunteers, unpaid staff, friends, and sales of the affordably priced paper products.



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