Understanding Islam courses in 2018 (revised April ’18)

NB The September UI course at the Ammerdown Centre has been cancelled by Ammerdown.

Two one-day “Islam: the Basics” courses will be offered in SW London on Saturday 16 June and Tuesday 20 November.

The three-day UI course is available in the Richmond area of SW London from 8 to 10 May and 29-31 May and also (subject to final confirmation in the autumn) in NW London from 19 to 21 October.

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

Various UI study days will be held in the Sheffield area 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 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.

Understanding Islam course complete

The Understanding Islam course, which comprises forty-six parts, each made up of a 30-minute video talk and an accompanying article, is now complete and uploaded to this website for use freely throughout the world.  It is divided into four series and can be accessed by clicking on the “UI Course” button.  The accompanying articles have been compiled into four collections, each called by the name of the appropriate series, which can be downloaded by clicking on the “Written Resources” button and then “Books.”