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 Ethical Dimension

The Ethical Dimension

In this chapter you will:

  • know and understand the significance of morals in Islam for the well-being of society
  • reflect on the key ethical ideas, principles and frameworks for Muslims
  • develop a critical awareness of the range of ethical codes arising from the teachings of the Qur’ān and ḥadīth in various contexts
  • recognise how Muslims are expected to organise their everyday conduct.


In Chapters 2 and 3, you discovered that Islam is a comprehensive way of life, and morality is one of the foundations of its teachings. Ethics and morality are the fundamental sources of a community’s strength and survival, just as immorality can be a cause of decline. This chapter outlines some of the norms and regulations extracted from a branch of ...

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