Understanding Islam courses in 2017 (updated)

N.B. extra courses in Harborne and the Kingston University courses are withdrawn.

The three-day Understanding Islam course is available in the Harborne district of Birmingham on 27-29 May. The one-day ‘UI: the Basics’ course will be offered in the same area on Tuesday 27th June.  There will be a follow-up day for those who have done a UI one-day or three-day course on Wednesday 28th June.

The three-day UI course is available in the Richmond area of SW London from 29 April to 1 May and 24-26 May. It will also be held in Harrow 13-15 October.

The annual Kingston follow-up day will be held on Saturday 28th October.

For more information on all the above, please contact chris@chrishewer.org

The Ammerdown Centre near Bath will offer the three-day UI course intensively on 24-26 October and at a little more leisurely pace from 1200 on Monday 19th June to 1300 on Friday 23rd June.  Contact: www.ammerdown.org

New video materials for GCSE RS: Islam

A battery of video clips has been added to the GCSE Religious Studies: Islam section of the website. They are extracts from a distance learning course on which I worked a few years ago together with four leading Muslim scholars, from both Sunni and Shi’a schools, who approved the materials and appear periodically giving in-depth insights into some aspects of the beliefs and practices of Islam.  The material is all loaded onto a YouTube channel and available for use in the normal way.  It is suitable for classroom use at the discretion of the teacher.  Each extract is accompanied by a full transcript, which contains not only references from the Qur’an and Hadith but also those references as footnotes in full in a translation especially made for accuracy and comprehensibility by the four scholars involved.  These transcripts can be downloaded as pdf files.

Due to a technical problem, the visual quality of the extracts on prayer, fasting and pilgrimage is not as good as for the others; it is hoped to remedy this as soon as possible.

Please pass on this information to any teachers and others who might benefit from it.

Training for dialogue with Islam

The Catholic Bishops of Germany have a national information, resource and training centre for dialogue with Islam and Muslims, called CIBEDO, in Frankfurt.  I was invited to lead a seminar there in October 2014 to explore “The training of Christian workers for dialogue with Islam.”  The paper was presented in German and will be published by CIBEDO in their quarterly.  The English original can be downloaded by clicking on the link.