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.

Islam and Contemporary Britain

Islam and Contemporary Britain

In this chapter you will:

  • learn about the historical settlement of Muslims in the British Isles
  • reflect on the situation of Muslims in Europe
  • discuss issues related to the Prevent strategy, Islamophobia and extremism
  • analyse some of the different movements to which Muslims in the UK belong.


It is often assumed that the existence of Muslims in Britain is a direct result of the recent phenomena of migration. However, as teachers, you need to recognise that their history goes much further than this. Whilst it is true that the scale of their settlement has significantly increased post-Second World War, there is a long history of temporary and permanent settlements of Muslims in the British Isles (Gilliat-Ray, 2010).

History of Muslims in the ...

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