James HoltUniversity of Chester
James D. Holt is Associate Professor of Religious Education at the University of Chester. James is the Chair of Examiners for Religious Studies with one of the major awarding organisations. He is the author of Beyond the Big Six Religions: Expanding the Boundaries in the Teaching of Religion and Worldviews (University of Chester Press, 2019) and Religious Education in the Secondary School: An Introduction to Teaching, Learning and the World Religions (Routledge, 2015).
The boundaries of Islam: reflection on the personal and the classroom experience
The majority of RE teaching teaches to the Sunni interpretation of Islam; the Six Beliefs and the Five Pillars are more closely identified with Sunni, rather than other expressions but form the majority of teaching within the classroom. Alan Brine (2015) has suggested: “Do we need to actively question the idea that there is such a thing as ‘true’ or ‘reaI’ Islam? There are just lots of different Islams.” The establishment of boundaries of orthodoxy within Islam will be explored, and a discussion of the difference between a personal and professional view of boundaries including refererence to Shi’a Islam and Ahmadiyya Islam.