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Online course

Muslims in Britain: Changes and Challenges

Develop your understanding of Muslims and their faith through an exploration of communities in Britain.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Muslims in Britain: Changes and Challenges

Why join the course?

Islam is the second largest religion in the world today and dominates much of the current geopolitical discourse. People are increasingly bombarded by dramatic and at times disturbing headlines. Yet general knowledge of Muslims and their faith can be poor. There is consequently a need for a balanced and well-informed understanding of the current debates around this internationally significant topic.

This course uses Britain as a case study to shed light on wider issues relating to the growth of Islamic communities across the culturally Christian and increasingly secularised Western World. This MOOC reflects the work of the Islam-UK Centre at Cardiff University, and the research that we have conducted over the last decade. This means that we focus in this course upon the everyday lives of Muslims in Britain, as opposed to the activities of the very small minority of Muslims who engage in terrorist activities. Later in the course, we will help you to access material on this topic if you are interested

Topics include:

Islamic Practice An outline of Islamic practices and beliefs plus an introduction to the different viewpoints within Islam.

History of Islam in Britain An exploration of the longstanding associations between Islam and Britain, including Islamic influences on British society and the well-established connections between Britain and the countries from which many British Muslims originally hailed.

Settlement Patterns The origins and makeup of today’s British Muslim communities.

Cultural Diversity Confronting the ‘myth’ of a homogenous Muslim community through an exploration of the various religious and cultural influences that characterise and inform Muslim communities in Britain today.

Contemporary Debates An examination of how the above topics feed into the contemporary debates and what the future might hold.

Given current debates about multiculturalism, integration, and the spectre of fundamentalism, this course will appeal to a wide audience not only in Britain but far beyond.

The course will also include an exciting opportunity to join us live via web streaming for the IslamUK Centre’s Public Lecture Series each week as a series of leading scholars address key topics in depth.

To find out more, read Professor Sophie Gilliat-Ray’s post for the FutureLearn blog: “Muslims in Britain: exploring diversity and challenging stereotypes.”

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What topics will you cover?

  • Islamic Practice: An outline of Islamic practices and beliefs plus an introduction to the different viewpoints within Islam.
  • History of Islam in Britain: An exploration of the longstanding associations between Islam and Britain, including Islamic influences on British society and the well-established connections between Britain and the countries from which many British Muslims originally hailed.
  • Settlement Patterns: The origins and makeup of today’s British Muslim communities.
  • Cultural Diversity Confronting the ‘myth’ of a homogenous Muslim community through an exploration of the various religious and cultural influences that characterise and inform Muslim communities in Britain today.
  • Contemporary Debates: An examination of how the above topics feed into the contemporary debates and what the future might hold.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe the basic beliefs of Muslims in Britain
  • Explore issues relating to the challenges that Muslims may face in observing the tenets of their faith in Britain today
  • Reflect on the historical context of the relationship between Britain and Islam
  • Investigate the patterns of settlement of Muslims in Britain and their socio-economic dimensions
  • Discuss issues of identity for British Muslims with reference to religious, ethnic and cultural diversity

Who is the course for?

The course is open to anyone with an interest in religion, culture and history, whether you are a beginner, experienced learner or returning to study.

Who will you learn with?

Professor Sophie Gilliat-Ray

Professor of Religious & Theological Studies at Cardiff University and the Founding Director of the Islam-UK Centre. I have written numerous articles and books about Islam and Muslims in Britain.

Mark Bryant

Development Officer for the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK , Cardiff University and lead academic producer for 'Muslims in Britain' course.

Who developed the course?

Cardiff University is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities and is ranked within the top 150 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £49.00

Statement of Participation £34.00

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