Understanding Islam courses in 2018


The three-day UI course is available in the Richmond area of SW London from 8 to 10 May and 29-31 May.

The annual Kingston follow-up day will be held on 22nd October.

Various UI study days will be held in the Sheffield area from 27 February to 1 March, from 30 June to 11 July and from 31 October to 5 November.

For more information on all the above, please contact [email protected]

The Ammerdown Centre near Bath will offer the three-day UI course intensively on 27-30 September and at a little more leisurely pace from 1200 on Monday 30 April to 1300 on Friday 4 May.  Contact: www.ammerdown.org

Hilfield Friary near Sherborne, Dorset, will offer the full UI course from 1700 on 25 June to 1400 on 29 June.  Contact: [email protected]


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.