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Understanding Islam

This intensive three day course has been designed to give an appreciation of the inner dimensions of Islam and the way that it shapes the lives of Muslims, as well as the outer manifestations of Islam as a religion. If we are to engage with our Muslim fellow citizens, then we need to understand something of their world view, beliefs, practices and the history of relations through the centuries. This course will give you this understanding.

Led by: Dr Chris Hewer

The course starts at 9am on Tuesday and finishes at 5pm on Thursday. Accommodation can be booked on Monday night and Thursday night at a special rate.*

A good understanding of Islam is a must in Britain today, where Muslims number by far the biggest religious group after British Christians. In many of our major towns and cities, they make up a substantial minority of the population. This constitutes an invitation to everyone to get to know Islam and Muslims better and to explore ways of building bridges of mutual respect and understanding. This applies to those involved with Muslims as neighbours, friends, workplace acquaintances or clients in the caring professions.

Sadly, there appears a great deal of misunderstanding of Muslims in the West. This intensive three day course has been designed to give an appreciation of the inner dimensions of Islam and the way that it shapes the lives of Muslims, as well as the outer manifestations of Islam as a religion. If we are to engage with our Muslim fellow citizens, then we need to understand something of their world view, beliefs, practices and the history of relations through the centuries. This course will give you this understanding.

The course will be given by Dr. Chris Hewer, who has been involved in the study of Islam and practically in Christian-Muslim relations since 1986. For many years, he worked in Birmingham as Inter-Faith Adviser and at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, then from 2006 to 2010 as the St Ethelburga’s Fellow in Christian-Muslim Relations (London).

* If you would find it difficult to reach Ammerdown by 9am on Tuesday, or would prefer not to travel on Thursday evening, you can book extra nights at the Centre as a private guest at the special rate of £50 for supper, bed and breakfast – subject to availability. 

[Note by the Director of Ammerdown: I attended the course in May last year and it was superb. I thought that I knew a fair bit about Islam, but realised that I understood in fact very little. The fact that Chris is a Christian who understands Islam inside out was a great plus. He understood where we were coming from and was able to explain everything in a way accessible to all. We could also ask him any question we wanted without fear of offending. I cannot recommend the course highly enough to those who want to understand Islam better].

* If you would find it difficult to reach Ammerdown by 9am on Tuesday, or would prefer not to travel on Thursday evening, you can book extra nights at the Centre as a private guest at the reduced rate of £50 for Supper Bed and Breakfast – subject to availability.

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Special offers:

Multi-purchase: If you book three or more residential courses all at once, Ammerdown will give you 5% discount on the total fees (N.B. this 5% discount does not apply when a bursary has already been agreed)

Extend your stay: Subject to availability, you are welcome to extend your stay before or after your course. If you choose to do so, Ammerdown will give you a 5% discount on our standard ‘Private Stays’ rates: please contact the centre to arrange this.