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.
Have you read the “Amman Message”? Developed by Muslim scholars in 2004/5 and signed by Heads of State from Muslim countries around the world and the most senior Islamic scholars from each country. Click on the link below:
Who is qualified to say how Islamic is the self-styled “Islamic State”? Click on the link below to hear what leading Muslim scholars from around the world have written in a joint “Open Letter” on the subject.
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.
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.”