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.

The Word of God

The Word of God

In this chapter you will:

  • know some of the structural and organisational features of the Qur’ān
  • understand the key beliefs held by Muslims regarding their Sacred Scripture
  • reflect on how the Qur’ān is honoured and embodied in the lifeworld of Muslims
  • become familiar with the sciences related to the Qur’ān
  • examine a case study of a ḥāfiẓ.


Before you begin to consider the Qur’ān, it is important to recall that Muslims believe that there had been many messengers and revealed scriptures before Muḥammad () which will be covered in Chapter 4 and 5. In this chapter we will focus on the Qur’ān.

The Qur’ān is a bond between God and Muslims, and humanity in general. The word Qur’ān literally means ‘recitation’. It is ...

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