Developed by Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, Al-Bustan Digital Education is an online resource with interactive learning and playing applications to further educators’ and students’ understanding and appreciation of the Arabic language, arts, culture, and history.
We envision developing an expanded library of interactive resources to cover a variety of themes and art forms and serve multiple age groups. We invite you to browse what we have developed to date:
Arabic Alphabet Game:
an interactive learning tool and game, highlighting the world of Ziryab and 9th century Al-Andalus
Umm Kulthum: Her Life and Legacy:
a curriculum unit about pre-eminent Egyptian diva that is designed to align with and incorporate American Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science
Yalli Zar’atu-l Burtu'an (Those Who Planted the Oranges):
a song composed by famed Egyptian musician/composer Mohammad Abdel Wahab who was a contemporary of Umm Kulthum; developed as a music education tool for appreciating Arab music and learning Arabic lyrics, diction, rhythms, and instrumentals
Jadaka-l Ghaythu (The Rain That Falls Upon You) Vocals by Tunisian singer Sonia M'Barek
an Andalusian poem set to music, known as muwashah in Arabic, that speaks of nostalgia for a reunion in Andalusia; developed as a music education tool for appreciating Arab music and learning Arabic lyrics, diction, rhythms, and instrumentals
Nawbat Al-Khadra' (The Green City) Vocals by Tunisian singer Sonia M'Barek
a Tunisian ma'luf, based on Andalusian poetry, that speaks of the old city with its markets, mosques, and gardens; developed as a music education tool for appreciating Arab music and learning Arabic lyrics, diction, rhythms, and instrumentals
Nassam ‘Alayna Al-Hawa (Blowing Breeze) A popular song by the Rahbani Brothers, renowned Lebanese composers, musicians, and playwrights This music education tool can be used to appreciate Arab music and to learn Arabic lyrics, diction, rhythms, and instrumentals. Vocals by Rosan Khoury.
As you use these resources and share with friends, colleagues, and students, please be sure to let us know how you are using these tools by posting your comments and suggestions in the "Discussion" pages