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.

Muslim Heritage and Intellectual Contributions

Muslim Heritage and Intellectual Contributions

In this chapter you will:

  • understand the meaning of Sharī‘ah and its implications for Muslim conscience
  • learn about the sources of law in Islam
  • know the main canonical schools of jurisprudence (Fiqh)
  • consider the influence of ‘Ilm ḥadīth in preserving the Sunnah lifestyle
  • reflect on the main theological strands (Kalām) and the key issues they raise
  • understand the spiritual pathways (Taṣawwūf) and their role in Muslim piety.


Presenting Islam as a religion is a partial projection of what its reality entails. This is because Islam is actually the ‘water’ which nourished the civilisations and cultures that stretch from Alaska to Australia, Chile to China and Sweden to South Africa, enveloping the beliefs and lifestyles of diverse ethnic communities. Over the centuries, ...

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