Understanding Islam: Challenging Islamophobia

KS3: ages 11-14KS4: ages 14-16KS5: ages 16+WebsitePDF

These teaching resources are aimed at teachers working with secondary school students (Key Stages 3-4+ and International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma – ages 11-16+), as well as facilitators working with community or faith groups, or young people in a youth work context. They provide a wealth of information to help:

  • increase understanding of the beliefs and values of Islam
  • investigate the historical relationship between the Muslim world and other faiths and cultures
  • explain the history of Muslim communities in Britain
  • reveal the often hidden contribution that Islam and Muslims have made to the world generally and Britain in particular
  • allow young people to reflect on their own views about Islam and listen to other opinions and values
  • introduce the concept of Islamophobia and look at its causes and impact on social cohesion
  • explore strategies for the school and wider communities to break down barriers and celebrate difference as well as what they have in common.

Whilst not targetted at any specific subject, the PDF and hard-copy pack provides an overview of how Islam fits into the curriculum, a discussion of the nature of Islamophobia, an illustrated timeline of the long history of Islam in Britain and a list of recommended resources.

The supporting website is a portal to recommended learning resources. From the voyage of a 9th century Arab dhow trading with China to north African heavy metal music, there is something to challenge, inspire or intrigue everyone. There is also a a 28-panel Islam in Britain exhibition which can be viewed or downloaded from the website for classroom work. A larger version can be borrowed from RISC for displays in schools or community venues.


Items available

    • Website (free)
    • PDF (free)
    • Download free or order a hard copy (£15).
    • No. of pages: 62

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