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.

Expressions of Practice

Expressions of Practice

In this chapter you will:

  • know about the honoured institutions in Islam
  • understand the significant stages in the life of a Muslim
  • reflect on the major events as represented in the Hījri calendar
  • identify some of the collective pietistic, religious and social behaviours.


The manifestation of Islam is observed in the arena of everyday life. Granted, there are shortcomings among some Muslims as in other communities; nevertheless, Islam continues to be about daily living, both on an individual and communal level. It has a vibrancy that continues to provide meaning to their life even at a time when hostilities to its fundamental principles and attacks to its core teachings are high.

The Muslim is an individual unit with a direct and personal relationship with ...

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