Islam Links for the Grade 11 Religious Education programs
|Access Islam||These 19 video segments from the award-winning PBS series RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY are organized by topic. (Some segments appear under more than one topic.) Use them in conjunction with our lesson plans, or adapt them for use in your own lessons.|
|Center for Contemporary Arab Studies||Links for educators|
|Internet Islamic History Sourcebook||Produced by Professor Paul Halsall at Fordham University. Detailed links into Moslem history|
|islamicity.com||Helpful resources on Islam|
|Islam: Peace, War, Violence and Jihad||Religious Tolerance: Islam: Is it a Religion of peace or violence?|
|Islamic Studies||An excellent overview and links site. Compiled by Dr. Goldas at the University of Georgia. This website offers a complete view of Islamic beliefs and ideology. From the different groups of Islam, maps of the Islamic countries. See the different religious art and music. Also you get to see the the role of women and the issues that they face in the Islamic world. This site is good for teachers and students. For resources teachers can look up the Qur’an, or the thoughts of the prophets. Students can also learn more about what the Islamic people really feel about the Western world. — Sean Hyponen|
|Pluralism Project: Islam||Islam Bibliography and Selected Links|
|Ramadan||Mini-unit on Ramadan for Grades 5 to 7.|
|Saudi Embassy mini-site on Islam||This Religion of Islam website is dedicated to help people understand the Islamic religion. It offers an introduction to Islam, which explores the following: Allah (God); faith; prophets and messengers; rights dedicated by nature and determined by Islamic Law; the right way to be followed; women; knowledge; civilization; law; tolerance; human rights and morality. Teachers can use this information to help students better comprehend the religion and possibly make comparisons and connections to other religions. This site further outlines what the religion of Islam is, forms and times of prayer, sacred worship places, and the five Pillars of Islam. This site is useful for teachers because it is informative. It allows teachers to incorporate technology when teaching religion because it includes audio and video resources which can help students in the understanding of the Islamic religion.–Angela Sambolec|
|Resources for and about Muslim Women||This website focuses on Muslim moral principles and the impact of religious belief on family life and gender roles today. Misinformation and misconception about Muslim women proliferates in the world today among non-Muslims and Muslims. This website helps you to understand the true stance Islam takes on gender issues and the role of women. On the homepage you will find the following links and information. Click on the link titled “Women in Islam, Status and Articles” and discover numerous articles ranging from topics on The status of Women in Islam, Islam and Feminism, Islamic Women and Society, Islamic Women and Leadership Roles, Economics and the Law and Important Muslim Women Around the World. This link also contains a list of Books and Critiques about Islamic Women. Click on the link “Quran and Women” to learn more about Islamic women in a Quranic society. The link “Muslim Women, Marriage & Family Life” includes information on Marriage in Islam and Islamic Family Life. In particular, it addresses thorny topics like marriages between Muslims and non-Muslims, family planning and wife abuse. The link titled “The Islamic Veil or Hijab” answers the question “Why do Islamic women where the Hijab? The link titled “Muslim Women in History and Contemporary Times” includes biographic information on famous Muslim women. Overall, this website is easy to navigate and provides a wealth of information that can help you to understand the true stance Islam takes on gender issues and the role of women.–Anthony Sinisi|
|What Catholics Should Know About Islam||Author: Sandra Toenies Keating. Published by The Knights of Columbus. “The purpose of this booklet is to give a basic overview of the origins of the religion of Islam and its early history, as well as some of the central beliefs and practices of Muslims. In addition, several recent statements made by the Roman Catholic Church concerning its relationship to Muslims are presented here.” – from the introduction.|
|Catholic Church Teachings on Islam
|3. The Church regards with esteem also the Moslems. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself; merciful and all- powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth,(5) who has spoken to men; they take pains to submit wholeheartedly to even His inscrutable decrees, just as Abraham, with whom the faith of Islam takes pleasure in linking itself, submitted to God. Though they do not acknowledge Jesus as God, they revere Him as a prophet. They also honor Mary, His virgin Mother; at times they even call on her with devotion. In addition, they await the day of judgment when God will render their deserts to all those who have been raised up from the dead. Finally, they value the moral life and worship God especially through prayer, almsgiving and fasting.
Since in the course of centuries not a few quarrels and hostilities have arisen between Christians and Moslems, this sacred synod urges all to forget the past and to work sincerely for mutual understanding and to preserve as well as to promote together for the benefit of all mankind social justice and moral welfare, as well as peace and freedom.
|Catechism of the Catholic Church 1992,1997||841 The Church’s relationship with the Muslims. “The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day.”
|Pope Francis, Joy of the Gospel, 2014||252. Our relationship with the followers of Islam has taken on great importance, since they are now significantly present in many traditionally Christian countries, where they can freely worship and become fully a part of society. We must never forget that they “profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, who will judge humanity on the last day”. The sacred writings of Islam have retained some Christian teachings; Jesus and Mary receive profound veneration and it is admirable to see how Muslims both young and old, men and women, make time for daily prayer and faithfully take part in religious services. Many of them also have a deep conviction that their life, in its entirety, is from God and for God. They also acknowledge the need to respond to God with an ethical commitment and with mercy towards those most in need.
253. In order to sustain dialogue with Islam, suitable training is essential for all involved, not only so that they can be solidly and joyfully grounded in their own identity, but so that they can also acknowledge the values of others, appreciate the concerns underlying their demands and shed light on shared beliefs. We Christians should embrace with affection and respect Muslim immigrants to our countries in the same way that we hope and ask to be received and respected in countries of Islamic tradition. I ask and I humbly entreat those countries to grant Christians freedom to worship and to practice their faith, in light of the freedom which followers of Islam enjoy in Western countries! Faced with disconcerting episodes of violent fundamentalism, our respect for true followers of Islam should lead us to avoid hateful generalisations, for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.