​Short Courses ​​

ISMC offers intellectually stimulating and inspiring short courses and public events which cover a range of topics for students, professionals and academics.

The Institute also offers customised programmes in partnership with other organisations, as well as a two-week summer programme with Simon Fraser University's Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Cultures and Societies.​

​Teaching about Islam for RE in secondary schools: resources and approaches

Date and time: Saturday 11 November 2017, 9.30-17.00

Venue: ISMC, 210 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DA 


How do you feel when you teach Islam to your students?

World events have placed Islam as a central issue in public debate. Those responsible for teaching young people how to navigate complex questions and issues are often expected to deliver Islam with resources that sidestep contemporary scholarly discussion.

The Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (ISMC) is holding a​​ one-day workshop to offer insights into current academic work on Islam that seeks to situate its development into a historical context and investigate primary sources that can be brought into the classroom.

Knowledge of the complexity of this religious tradition will help teachers respond to the materials that young people encounter online and equip students with the critical tools to navigate such materials carefully and objectively.

The cost will be £20, plus a booking fee.​ Book your place as soon as possible​.

For further information: Teaching about Islam for RE in secondary schools.pdf


Dr Philip Wood: Dr Wood will lead the course as a historian specialising in early Islamic history. He has travelled widely in the Middle East and lived in Damascus, Syria. He has published on the treatment of early Islam in the classroom and he writes regularly on religious education for REOnline​, for the charity Culham St. Gabriel’s.

Dr Wood holds a DPhil from Oxford and has taught at the University of Oxford; the University of Cambridge; and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London before taking his current position with the ISMC.

Dr Walid Ghali: Dr Ghali is the Head Librarian for the joint library of the Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations and the Institute of Ismaili Studies. He is a chartered librarian of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). He worked in various librarian roles at the American University in Cairo. 

In addition, he held several consultancy roles in and outside Egypt, such as Ministry of Endowment, Qatar University and the Supreme Council for Culture in Kuwait. He received his PhD in Library Science from Cairo University. He has also completed all course work for the Master's in Islamic Studies and a postgraduate diploma in Executive Management from the American University in Cairo.