Islam – Sources of wisdom and authority

GCSE support materials designed to give a thorough introduction to Islam for GCSE students and teachers.


The Qur’an
The need for guidance
Revelation, recording and preservation of the Qur’an
Video: The Qur’an
Transcript: The Qur’an
Encountering the word of God in the Qur’an
Allocationg chapters and verses


The Prophet Muhammad
Article: Who was Muhammad?
Video: The Prophet Muhammad
Transcript: The Prophet Muhammad


Ahl ul-Bayt
The Family of the Prophet


Hadith and Sunna
Article: Hadith and Sunna
Video: Hadith and Sunna
Transcript: Hadtih and Sunna


Life on the path to paradise
Video: Shari’a
Transcript: Sharia


Law in practice
Law in practice


Leaders in the mosque
Leaders of the mosque


Sunni and Shi’a: Succession and Imams
Video: Sunni and Shi’a: Succession and Imams
Transcript: Sunni and Shi’a Succession and Imams
What happened after Muhammad? The Sunni view
What happened after Muhammad? The Shi’a view
Three meanings of the term Imam
The Shi’a Imams as spiritual guides
A Line of Imams
Minority groups amongst the Shi’a


For further content in this series please see:
Setting the scene
Beliefs and teachings
Forms of expression and ways of life


All content by Dr Chris Hewer


Dr Chris Hewer comes from a background in Christian theology, education, Islamic studies and inter-faith studies and has worked in the field of Muslims in Britain and Christian-Muslim relations since 1986, first at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Selly Oak in Birmingham and from 1999 to 2005, as the Adviser on Inter-Faith Relations to the Bishop of Birmingham.
From 2006-2010, he was the St Ethelburga Fellow in Christian-Muslim Relations in London, with a brief to deliver adult popular education courses, study days and talks around Greater London.