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Resource 6

The Historical Association History

Community cohesion and the prevention of violent extremism
A resource for teachers to use in the classroom

Resource title
Case Study 4: Diversity and wider world cultures: Understanding the challenges and opportunities of teaching Islamic history
Source:,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 colonisation. 

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 curriculum.

This unit is part of the larger unit on teaching about Diversity:
Links across other subjects within resource
Additional support
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,1259_54.html

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