Orwell Bridge, Ipswich


1. Provide an introduction to the basic principles and practices of Islam.

2. Provide an understanding of the Islamic world-view in a holistic sense.

3. Provide an appreciation of the unity of Islam against the canvas of diversity that prevails in the Muslim world.

4. Provide a perception of what it means to be a Muslim in the UK and the modem world.

5. Provide some guidance on how to promote a better understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims.

LEVEL / ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Suitable for anyone with an interest in Islam, Muslims, and religion in general with respect to Britain and the world, it does not require any previous knowledge of the subject. However, participants' ability to critically question and assess the information shared about Islam as a religion, as a way of life and as a global political force, would be advantageous though not necessary.

MAIN TOPICS: What will the course cover?

1. The core of Islam: The Six Articles of Faith and the Five Pillars

2. Muhammad and the other Prophets and Muslim beliefs about Jesus

3. Position of Women in Islam including Hijab/Niqab, marriage/divorce, FGM, domestic violence

4. Jihad: Extremism, Radicalism, Terrorism, Suicide, Holy War, Sacrifice, Human Rights, Human Dignity

5. Islam and Muslim Presence in Britain: Muslim Identity between Assimilation and Segregation, Citizenship, Loyalty, Patriotism, Participation in Civil Society, Islam and British Culture, Home Truths

6. The Qualities of Faith

LEARNING OUTCOMES: What can I expect to learn?

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the main principles of Islam and Muslim practices.

2. Explain the basic Muslim worldview and relevance of God in a Muslim's life.

3. Demonstrate a grasp of Islam as an interpretation of its principles and values within cultures.

4. Demonstrate an appreciation of Muslims' fears, worries or concerns.

5. Identify some of the contentious issues related to Islam and Muslims and suggest possible accommodations of them.

METHOD: How will I be taught?

Manwar will explain the topics, facilitate inquiry and guide conversation aiming to cover the subjects interactively mindful of the course aims and content. All questions and observations, however controversial, will be welcomed and ample opportunities made available for discussion. Use will be made of flip-charts, powerpoint slides, and self-assessment quizzes. Sufficient reading material will be provided including a full set of notes.

BOOKS PROVIDED for free to participants only:  

A complete set of printed notes will be provided along with the following three books:
1. Teach Yourself Islam by Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood (ISBN 978-1-444-10347-2)

2. The Qu'ran - A New Translation (ISBN 978-0-19-953595-8)

3. The Prophet Muhammad - A Biography by Barnaby Rogerson (ISBN 978-0-349-11586-3)

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