About the course
Islam is the second largest religion in the world today and dominates much of the current geopolitical discourse. People are increasingly bombarded by dramatic and at times disturbing headlines. Yet general knowledge of Muslims and their faith can be poor. There is consequently a need for a balanced and well-informed understanding of the current debates around this internationally significant topic.
This course uses Britain as a case study to shed light on wider issues relating to the growth of Islamic communities across the culturally Christian and increasingly secularised Western World. Topics include:
Islamic Practice An outline of Islamic practices and beliefs plus an introduction to the different viewpoints within Islam.
History of Islam in Britain An exploration of the longstanding associations between Islam and Britain, including Islamic influences on British society and the well-established connections between Britain and the countries from which many British Muslims originally hailed.
Settlement Patterns The origins and makeup of today’s British Muslim communities.
Cultural Diversity Confronting the ‘myth’ of a homogenous Muslim community through an exploration of the various religious and cultural influences that characterise and inform Muslim communities in Britain today.
Contemporary Debates An examination of how the above topics feed into the contemporary debates and what the future might hold.
Given current debates about multiculturalism, integration, and the spectre of fundamentalism, this course will appeal to a wide audience not only in Britain but far beyond.
Regardless if someone is born into Islam and has Muslim parents, there comes a time in everyones life where they accept Islam for themselves.
Where it becomes more than ritual and more than the things your parents tell you.
There are a lot of people we look at who we believe “should know better”…
Salam everyone, as per the discussion on Osama’s (partytilfajr) tinychat, we’re going to create a book club for Islamic books. I was thinking of creating 3 separate classes because everyone is at a different level. The first stage is compiling the list of books inshaAllah, so if you have recommendations, let’s start putting this together!
The link to the google doc is: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AuMYGFLlTfiXdDVZWjB5VVJaV0NPNVNqN05TSlRxcWc#gid=0