The Intercultural and Interreligious Aspects of 9/11: Rebuilding for the Future
October 7, 2011
This lesson plan examines the ways that Americans in general, and residents of Manhattan in particular, have responded to the religious and cultural tensions between Muslims and non-Muslims as they struggle to determine the legacy of Ground Zero – the site where thousands died when the World Trade Center collapsed during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The lesson covers three main topic areas: the controversy over Park51, a Muslim community center and mosque planned near Ground Zero; the struggle to rebuild St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the only religious building destroyed on 9/11; and the debates over the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, including what to do with the unidentified human remains from Ground Zero. Enhanced with the perspective offered by the documentary film Rebirth, this lesson plan includes a core text, glossary, timeline, online resources, and discussion questions, along with even more in an accompanying teacher’s guide.