Being Muslim, Being British

Mr Whitlock: Tuesday launched the start of a short four week course entitled 'Being Muslim, Being British', a Cambridge University Psychology Department research initiative.

Mostly Year 11 students are exploring hot issues facing young Muslims in Britain today through relevant multimedia clips and facilitator-led group activities by Anjum Khan. The aim of the course is to enable the students to think in a new way with higher levels of integrative complexity (a core life skill for all people living in multi-cultural Britain today). Topics such as "culture clash" and Science versus Religion, issues of Equality, Justice and Money, Peace or Fitna and Purity and Pleasure are explored.

The course is designed without theological influence but has more of a psychological and sociological focus, therefore being friendly to all Muslim and non-Muslim backgrounds.

The first day kicked off with some excellent debates and well constructed arguments about Halal food. Later this month we will have a visit from the American Embassy who, off-the-record, will be present to answer difficult questions that the students might have regarding the War in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay. At the end of the course the students will give a short presentation and receive a certificate from Cambridge University.