Karima Alavi received her Bachelor’s Degree in History, Middle East and East Asian Studies from Kent State University and Shiraz University in Iran. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in History, Middle East and Asian Studies from Kent State. Karima also took one year of post graduate studies in East Asian Art History at Kansas University. As a graduate student, she received one of ten Bicentennial scholarships to study language, history and art in Iran. Early in her career, she traveled and taught in the Middle East. She also taught Islamic Studies for seven years at the renowned Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.
Karima continues to travel in educational endeavors, speaking at conferences and events both nationally and internationally. She has presented at the following institutions:
NESA (Near East, South Asia Teachers’ Conference) in Cairo, Egypt and Bangkok, Thailand
Numerous state, regional and national Social Studies Conferences
The Library of Congress
The Smithsonian Institution
Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
Middle East Studies Association
Presbyterian College of South Carolina
Imam Zarnuji Conference on Islamic Education. Toronto.
Monastery of Christ in the Desert
Teaching About Islam and Muslims in the Public School Classroom (academic reviewer) Council on Islamic Education 1995.
Ramadan: More Than Fasting Journal of the Near East, South Asia Council of Overseas Schools, Spring, 1998.
What Are American Children Learning About Islam?, The Muslim Magazine, Vol.1, No. 3, July, 1998.
Emergence of Renaissance: Cultural Interactions Between Europeans and Muslims (co-authored with Susan Douglass) Council on Islamic Education, 1999.
Life in the House of Wisdom in “Al-Ma’mun, Caliph of Baghdad”, Calliope, Cobblestone Publications, 2000.
The Clintons and Islam, Minaret Magazine, January 2000.
Thoughts on the CNN Special on the Recent Iranian Elections, Muslim Peace Fellowship Newsletter, May, 2000.
At Risk of Prejudice: Teaching Tolerance About Muslim Americans, Social Education Magazine, National Council for the Social Studies, 2001.
Turning to Our Faith in Response to the Events of September 11. America Magazine (a Catholic Publication) and ABC television, Albuquerque. October, 2001.
The History of Islamic Science, Technology and Medicine, part of the four-volume reference text, “World Eras: The Rise of Islam” published by Gale Publications, June, 2002.
A Prayer Seen Through Another’s Eyes, Albuquerque Journal, September 11,2002.
Rihla, The Islamic Concept of Travel for the Sake of Knowledge, lesson plan for PBS web-site, The Islam Project.
Hijab, Islamic Dress for Men and Women, lesson plan for PBS web-site, The Islam Project.
Tapestry of Diversity: Muslim Dress around the World Appleseed Books. November, 2003.
The Qur’an; Islam’s Holy Scripture Calliope Books. December, 2003.
From Past to Present; The Tradition of Studying the Qur’an Calliope Books. December, 2003.
Morada Memories: Prayers for Peace. Story published in Seasons (Literary Journal) September, 2004.
In the Realm of Mercy. Story published in the Santa Fe Writers’ Project (on-line Literary Journal: http://www.sfwp.org) September, 2004 and in Sufi Magazine (London) Publication: November, 2004.
Arab/Islamic Contributions to Geography and World Exploration Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. October, 2004.
Morada Memories: Prayers for Peace. Story published in the Santa Fe Writers’ Project (on-line Literary Journal: http://www.sfwp.org) January, 2005.