Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World

Resources for the Classroom

The Alwaleed Centre is currently working on a number of original resources focused on Islam for teachers in secondary schools.

These resources will be made available soon. In the mean time, you will find below links to a number of existing resources we feel are particularly suitable for the classroom along with guides to Islam aimed primarily at teachers and educators.

Guides for Teachers

Faith Guide to Islam

Although produced with higher education establishments in mind, this guide produced by the Higher Education Academy is an excellent introduction to Islam and explores a number of challenges facing Muslim students.

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Brief guidance for handling Muslim parental concern

A very useful guide produced by British Muslims for a Secular Democracy exploring potential points of concern for Muslim parents. A worthwhile read for any teachers teaching Muslim pupils.

Guidelines for educators on countering intolerance and discrimination against Muslims

These guidelines, produced by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, aim to assist educators in identifying manifestations of intolerance and discrimination against Muslims in schools and to provide suggestions on how to prevent and respond to this phenomenon.


Teaching Resources

1001 Inventions Teacher Packs

1001 Inventions is an extraordinary organisation promoting the many contributions Islamic scientists have made throughout the centuries. 1001 Inventions have produced a range of teaching resources, including a supplement for Scottish teachers, exploring a wide variety of subjects from the camera obscura to man's first attempt at flight. A great way to give pupils a glimpse at the extraordinary achievements of the Islamic world.

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Islamophobia Education Pack

A useful teaching resource created by Show Racism the Red Card. This pack contains activities which have been designed to help young people challenge stereotypes and prejudice towards Muslims and gain a greater historical and political awareness of the climate which has enable Islamophobia to flourish in recent times. A scottish supplement can also be downloaded to make the pack relevent to the Scottish curriculum.

This pack is free to download but is meant to be used in conjunction with a DVD which must be purchased. Follow the link below if you wish to purchase the DVD for your school.

Purchase accompanying DVD

BBC Religion: Islam

Very accessible introduction to Islam exploring Islamic belief, practice and culture. A great starting point for anyone wanting to learn more about Islam.

Visit BBC Religion

BBC Learning Zone: Islam

An extensive library of short video clips exploring a wide variety of topics concerning Islam from the Qur'an to the Hajj. All clips are between two and five minutes in length.

Visit BBC Learning Zone

Qur'an Explorer

Explore the entire Qur'an in Arabic, English or Urdu and hear it recited. This stunning interactive online tool is excellent for interactive whiteboards.

Launch Qur'an Explorer

Faith in the City

A short animated film produced by "Bold Creative" involving young Muslim voices discussing misperceptions of Islam and the impact this has on their lives.

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Aerosol Arabic in Edinburgh

In September 2011, celebrated urban spiritual grafitti artist Mohammed Ali (Aerosol Arabic) visited Edinburgh to paint his first ever mural in Scotland. This short film captures the creative process and features Mohammed discussing the philosophy behind his work. Great for young people.

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