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]


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.

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.”

Understanding Islam Series IV

The Understanding Islam TV project is nearing its end.  The articles for Series III: Building a Just Society have been compiled into one document and can be downloaded from the Written Resources – Books section of this site.  All the half-hour TV programmes and their accompanying articles can be found in the UI Course section.  The fourth and final series: Bearers of the Final Message, comprising ten programmes with accompanying articles, begins to be broadcast on 20th April on Ahl ul-Bayt TV.  The topics for this series are:

1.       The initial expansion of Muslim rule

2.       Islam spreads outside the Middle East

3.       Greek knowledge passes through the Muslim lands

4.       Sifting and collecting the Hadith

5.       Theologians and their schools

6.       Islam and other faiths

7.       The Islamic critique of Judaism and Christianity

8.       Looking again at Islam and women

9.       The Art of Islam

10.     Muslims in the contemporary world

Understanding Islam: Standing before God

The second series of Understanding Islam TV programmes, called Standing before God, is available on YouTube by following the links on the “UI course” button on this website, then the “Standing before God” page.  All twelve articles for this series have been compiled together and are available by clicking on the “Written Resources” button and then the “Books” page.  To view this compilation, you can also click on the link below:

Understanding Islam: Standing before God