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Video overview

Esra Özyürek of the Faculty of Divinity in Cambridge, describes the development of main Sunni and Sh’ia sects, while illustrating how Muslims across the globe shown great variation amongst themselves in terms of denomination, schools of thought, national and ethnic context and religiosity.

Curriculum links

Relevant to locally agreed syllabuses for religious education and some GCSE/ A level exam boards. This video would be relevant to lessons about Islam, interreligious dialogue and/or religion and nature. Suitable as an enrichment activity at Key Stage 4 and 5.

Suggested questions and activities

  • Describe two differences between Sunni and Shi’a Islam

  • Explain two contrasting Muslim understandings of Jihad

  • How has secularisation challenged contemporary Islamic beliefs?

  • Is prophethood the most important Article of Faith in Islam? Do all Muslims agree?

  • What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?

  • How might stereotypes of Islam be addressed?

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