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.

Education in Muslim Communities

Education in Muslim Communities

In this chapter you will:

  • understand the aims and objectives of Islamic education
  • reflect on the key educational principles and concepts from the Qur’ān
  • critically examine the educational institutes within Muslim communities
  • evaluate the programmes of study offered to Muslim children in the UK
  • consider the relationship between faith and intellectual endeavour.


In the story of the revelation of the Qur’ān, you will recall that the first word to be revealed was ‘Read’. Muslims interpret this as an emphasis on reading and learning, making both a religious activity deserving merit. In seeking knowledge, the barriers of time and space are to be traversed, for the Prophet () is reported to have encouraged the search for knowledge from the cradle to the grave ...

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