What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain?

Secondary school pupils are sharing their thoughts about what it means to be a Muslim in Britain, thanks to free teaching and learning resources developed at Cardiff University.

Discovering Muslims in Britain is a programme of nine lessons based on cutting-edge sociological research, giving Key Stage 3 students insights on what practising Muslims experience in their day-to-day lives.

Incorporating first-hand accounts from a range of sources, the resource is based on the Islam-UK Centre’s successful Muslims in Britain Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Academics are also supporting RE teachers by designing an accompanying CPD course, which will be delivered in January 2021. Deadline for applications is 16th December 2020.

Project lead Dr Matthew Vince, of the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, based at the University’s School of History, Archaeology and Religion, said: “In the past, the teaching of Religious Education has been criticised for focusing too much on theology and beliefs at the expense of how it is actually experienced by people in modern society. Islam has been particularly vulnerable to misrepresentations and stereotypical views. Our teaching resources aim to remedy that by providing insights on the lived experience of individuals and communities.”

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