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Country: Afghanistan

Learn more about the people, history, and culture of Afghanistan. Includes photographs, timelines, and articles about this war-ravaged country. There is also information on the Taliban and Islam. Includes links to eThemes Resources on September 11, Women in Afghanistan, and World Religions: Islam


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Links to a variety of different maps of Afghanistan.
View an image of Afghanistan's flag.
Scroll through these photographs showing Afghanistan's landscape and inhabitants.
This site has activity pages that students can print out as well as a photo album that shows life in Afghanistan in the 1960s. Use a menu on the left to navigate a site.
This is a collection of images from Afghanistan showing the architecture, history, land, people, settlements, and transportation.
This is an interactive map of the country. You can change the view by clicking on the buttons along the left side. See a satellite view, vegetation, ethnic groups, and movement of refugees. NOTE: This site contains ads and pop-up ads.
Click on the "pdf" link at the bottom to print this map.
Learn how a National Geographic photographer tracked down an Afghan refugee more than 15 years after first taking her picture. Read about the life of Sharbat Gula, the Pashtun woman in the famous 1985 portrait. Click on the "Video Clips" in the "TV Special" box. NOTE: This site contains ads and pop-up ads.
Explore this site to learn more about the faith and culture of Islam. Note: This site contains ads.
Read this encyclopedia entry on Afghanistan. Click on the topics to learn more. Note: This site contains ads.
This page has an illustration of the Afghan flag that can be printed out and colored. Note: This site contains ads.
This is a blank map of the country you can print out and label.
This article for older children explains who the Taliban are.
Students will research online resources and analyze a map of Afghanistan to determine how the physical geography of this region affects the lifestyles of the individuals who live there. NOTE: This site has links to external sites.
Through a series of activities, students will learn about people, places, and politics in Afghanistan.
This site has lots of facts about Afghanistan, including information about the economy, government, people, geography, and a map.
These sites are about the status of women in Afghanistan. Learn what life was like for women and girls before and after the Taliban came to power. There are interviews, video clips, slideshows, and lesson plans. These resources can be used for background information for teaching the books "The Breadwinner," "Parvana's Journey," or "Mud City." Includes an eThemes resource on the country of Afghanistan.
Explore several children's news sites about the Sept. 11 tragedy and America's response. Includes interactive maps, timelines, videos, and a listing of recommended children's books. There is information about the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Osama Bin Laden. Also includes an animated movie about anthrax. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on Afghanistan, the September 11 anniversary, and coping with terrorism.
These websites are about the Islam. There is historical information about the prophet Muhammad and his life, the founding and spread of Islam, timelines, maps, and videos. Learn about Muslim communities throughout the world today. Included are five related eThemes on countries that are predominantly Muslim.

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