This chapter reflects on teaching early Islamic history to MA students from Muslim-majority countries at the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London. It provides an account of a source-based history course on the seventh century, which aims to wean students off thinking about the life of Muhammad in terms regularly used for ’secular’ historical texts. Just as educators have a duty to challenge the politicised use of history in the creation of nationalist myth, I argue that they also have a duty to muddy the waters of religious narratives.
|Title of host publication||Education and Extremisms|
|Subtitle of host publication||Rethinking Liberal Pedagogies in the Contemporary World|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2017|