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 Shī‘a Traditions

The Shī‘a Traditions

In this chapter you will:

  • know the historical events which led to the emergence of the Shī‘a faith
  • learn the key principles in Shī‘ism
  • understand the practical manifestations of the Shī‘i five pillars
  • discern some distinctive features within Shī‘ism.


This chapter presents the historical development of Shī‘ism from the Muslim community by tracing its roots to the earliest period. In Chapter 5 you learnt about the foundations of faith and in Chapter 6 you encountered the five pillars ostensibly as conceptualised by Islam. In this chapter, specific focus is given to the main sources of law, the five foundations and ten obligations in Shī‘ism. To this, some doctrinal statements and rituals have been added to allow you to gain a deeper understanding by ...

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