Shazia GleadallTudor Hall School
I have been teaching RS for over 12 years and am particularly interested in interfaith dialogue and encouraging critical thinking in religion. I would class myself as a liberal Muslim. I am born and raised Muslim although married outside of my culture due to finding the Muslim community overly conservative and narrow minded in their thinking.
Encouraging diversity in Islam through a critical thinking approach; my experience through teaching RS
I will talk about the importance of accepting that there are different ways to be Muslim; both in that there are different interpretations of the Quran but also the fact that the idea of there being only ‘one’ correct way of being Muslim being dangerous (and ultimately leading to extremism and rigidity in the religion). I will use my experiences of teaching RS (comparing Islam to Christianity but more importantly, critical thinking being encouraged) to show how this way of thinking can be challenged. I will also hope to encourage more tolerance and open mindedness within the Muslim community as many Muslims are ultimately being pushed away from being Islam due to it being so overly conservative.