What is Islamophobia?

The following essay is reprinted from the introduction to a new Islamophobia Guidebook in the making.

In this document you’ll find a variety of resources – some are opportunities to reflect, others are more prescriptive. We recommend you browse the full document so you get a sense of what’s available – contextual framing from Karen Armstrong, guidance for Muslims by Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, an overview of Islamophobia from Barbara Kaufmann, and links to resources by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and others – many geared toward educators. Finally, you’ll find a reflective article by Cambridge Muslim College dean Abdal Hakim Murad and a list of resources for your further study.

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Knowledge of One Another, Not Ignorance, Is the Best Way to Heal Our Fractured World

Religion in recent times is being seen as almost irrelevant in many European countries, but the religion of Islam has become a hot topic for various reasons. Religious literacy, particularly of Islam, even in our highly educated country is indeed poor. Lazy journalism, or in some cases cheap populism, may be partially responsible for this. What follows is a plea for wider reading in religious education. Continue reading “Knowledge of One Another, Not Ignorance, Is the Best Way to Heal Our Fractured World”

Children Adopt Declaration on World’s Development Goals – SDG’s

The first Children’s Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) gathered 30 child authors and other children from Latin America, Asia, the Pacific Islands, Africa, the Middle East, and North America to discuss how they can help to implement the newly adopted Goals. Participants finalized the 2015 Children’s Declaration on the World’s SDGs, which will be presented to UN officials. Children around the world drafted the Declaration collaboratively using social media. The authors included the finalists from the Voices of Future Generations (VoFG) international Children’s Book Series.
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Signposts – a guide to Religious and Intercultural Education

Signposts cover The European Wergeland Centre (EWC) is a resource centre for education professionals, researchers, civil society, policymakers, parents and students. This resource centre has made available an important document for policy and practice for teaching about religions and non-religious worldviews. A download link is given. Continue reading “Signposts – a guide to Religious and Intercultural Education”

Jimmy Carter’s religious legacy

Former President Jimmy Carter has announced that he has cancer and that it has spread to his brain. His time in office as the 39th president of the United States was pivotal in uncovering the relationship between religion and politics in the public sphere. On the campaign trail in 1976, he spoke openly about his personal faith, becoming one of the first presidential candidates to do so. Since then, every candidate has had to answer questions about his or her beliefs. Jimmy Carter — for better or worse — brought religion firmly into the American political process. Here we bring you an overview of his writings on his personal faith. Continue reading “Jimmy Carter’s religious legacy”

Hinduism Questions and Answers

A new Hinduism resource for school children and teachers is available. The Hindu Council has set up a website called Questions and Answers on Hinduism with short video clips addressing questions such as: Does Hinduism have many Gods? What is the caste system? Is it ok to worship God using images? Visit the questions and answers website to watch a series of videos which explore these themes further. Continue reading “Hinduism Questions and Answers”

JAINpedia

JAINpedia’s three principal aims of increasing knowledge among Jains and non-Jains and offering academic resources are met by creating several areas in the website. Each piece is closely integrated with other parts, producing a seamlessly rich online experience.

There are two chief types of content in the JAINpedia website proper – images and contextual material. The contextual material helps website visitors understand more about the photographs of the manuscripts, which are at the core of the website, and about the Jain faith more widely.

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A New Settlement: Religion and Belief in Schools

The Westminster Faith Debates bring together leading academic and public figures to debate the latest research on religion and values. The debates have been funded by generous grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, and Lancaster University. Here, we bring the summary of an ongoing Religious Education debate in the UK. Continue reading “A New Settlement: Religion and Belief in Schools”

Royal Commission: Calls for Submissions on the Risk of Child Sexual Abuse in Schools

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse today released an issues paper on addressing the risk of child sexual abuse in primary and secondary schools. Continue reading “Royal Commission: Calls for Submissions on the Risk of Child Sexual Abuse in Schools”

Royal Commission: Kids have their say on Safety

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Multifaith Education Australia brings occasional articles and reports from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse principally as a needful alertness to these issues for the non-Christian religious and faith communities in Australia. Child safety and creation of child-safe organisations is sine-qua-non for all faith communities in Australia. In this instance, the research of the Royal Commission into children’s’ views on their safety is important to faith communities and their leadership. We offer this research and report for your consideration. Continue reading “Royal Commission: Kids have their say on Safety”