Case Study 4: Diversity and wider world cultures: Understanding the challenges and opportunities of teaching Islamic history
Source: www.history.org.uk/resources/secondary_resource_1326,1337_11.html – This unit is freely available to all on the Historical Association website, who register online for free.
This online case study focuses on how schools can understand the
challenges and opportunities in effectively teaching Islamic history.
The revised statement on the importance of history in the Secondary
Curriculum emphasises that history encourages mutual understanding of
the historic origins of our ethnic and cultural diversity. It also
states that history enables pupils to investigate Britain's
relationship with the wider world, and to relate past events to the
present day. In the specific context of the British Empire, the new
Programme of Study emphasises the importance of recognising the
cultures, beliefs and achievements of societies prior to European
This activity attempts to do just that. By showing positive
achievements of Islam it is possible to encourage pupils to move away
from the recent negative images of Jihad and terror, helping them to
understand others, and to value diversity.
The rest of the unit explores further issues in the teaching
and learning of Diversity at Key Stage 3, although many of the ideas
and issues are equally applicable to other stages of the history
This unit is part of the larger unit on teaching about Diversity:
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There is more about how to tackle Diversity, including planning
guidance and ideas on how to develop a scheme of work in the Historical
Association guide to the Secondary Curriculum