Islam, Society & Racism

Ref: C3746703

There is a legitimate, growing concern about how systemic and institutionalised racism can be tackled, stopped and prevented within society. The various horrendous incidents highlighted recently in mainstream, as well as, social media, coupled with an increase in awareness of the BLM Agenda, have sparked off passionate debate to get to the crux of the matter and call for an alternative system that can genuinely rid society of racism. This session will explore the Islamic perspective on society and racism. We will discuss how the different components of society shape attitudes and behaviour towards races within a distinct society. The session will illustrate this by returning to circa 600AD to understand the fledgling Islamic society, how it came about and how it addressed racism. The Islamic ideas to address systemic and institutionalised racism will be presented as viable solutions that are relevant to the discourse in 2021. Come and join Dr Samia Husain.

Course aim

To provide a brief overview of how Islam views society and how it addresses racism. We will explore the historical context of when the Islamic civilisation came in to existence and how it tackled racism and tribalism.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: and
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand how the system advantages/disadvantages different sections of society.
  • Identify the four components of society and how this affects different races.
  • Recognise how Islam prevents racism using a societal approach.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit:
  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Islam, Society & Racism

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