Misconceptions and misunderstandings about Islam and fear of causing offence can be barriers to being an effective teacher in a diverse school. This book aims to give non-Muslim teachers the confidence to engage meaningfully with important facets of Muslim pupils’ lives leading to a richer and more rewarding experience in the classroom. Aspects of Islam explored include: the foundations and obligations of faith, ethical dimensions placed upon Muslims, the importance of education in Muslim communities and contemporary issues faced by communities in the UK. To deepen your understanding, each chapter is enriched by case studies linked to the classroom, expert voices that offer authenticity and reflective tasks that encourage you to consider key concepts in greater depth. This is essential reading for new and experienced teachers in primary and secondary schools wishing to deepen their knowledge of Islam.



In this chapter you will:

  • know and understand the meaning of Tawḥīd and its implications for Muslims
  • consider the central beliefs held about God in Islam
  • reflect on the names of God and three important chapters of the Qur’ān
  • know and understand the concepts of Shirk and Kufr.


The teachings of Islam unapologetically accentuate the cardinal belief in the unity of God. This is because Islam in its current form maintains that belief in the Oneness of God has been a message always transmitted from God and it is His Will. According to Muslims, the knowledge, understanding and gnosis of God have been relayed to humans through chosen prophets and messengers of God, who received Divine revelations from God during their lifetime. One of their beliefs is ...

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