Islam and Muslims in the Modern World

Ref: C2226852

Suitable for anyone with an interest in Islam, Muslims, and religion in general with respect to Britain and the world, it does not require any previous knowledge of the subject. However, participants’ ability to critically assess the information shared.

Additional information about this course

Half term breaks on 24/10/2019.

Course aim

A simple and engaging course, it critically explores principles, practices, diversity and worldview of Muslims, while happily discussing controversial or sensitive issues, seeking pupils’ opinions relevant to the UK.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • A frank course, focused on participants’ engagement, it provides an introductory and exploratory look at Islam dealing with basic principles, practices, diversity, issues and worldview of Muslims in our context. It welcomes controversial or sensitive topics for critical consideration.

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

  • Describe the core of Islam: The Six Articles of Faith and the Five Pillars
  • Discuss Muhammad and the other Prophets and Muslim beliefs about Jesus
  • Describe the position of Women in Islam including Hijab/Niqab
  • Participate in discussions concerning Jihad: Terrorism, Suicide, Holy War, Sacrifice, Human Rights, Dignity of Human
  • Explain the Islam and Muslim Presence in Britain: Muslim Identity between Assimilation and Segregation, Citizenship, Loyalty, Patriotism, Participation in Civil Society, Islam and British Culture, Home Truths

How will I be taught?

  • WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of differ

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • Through class interaction, one to one conversation, and email exchanges.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • Bring a pen and paper

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • The participants will receive the whole course notes at the outset (to be printed). In addition, they will receive the following books: Teach Yourself Islam The Qu'ran The Prophet Muhammad

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Better community engagement and improved relations

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Islam and Muslims in the Modern World

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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