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As a part of ERA’s commitment to helping licence holders make the best use of material available to them, we have decided to start highlighting our ‘top pick’ each week. We’re hoping to reveal multiple educational uses for a single episode, series, or film with enough time to act as a ‘heads up’ for teachers to be able to record or access the material.

This Monday, BBC2 are airing a new programme that looks at what it means to be a Muslim in modern Britain. The participants, ten Muslims from different walks of life, will share their views (and a house!)

From the BBC:

Put ten British Muslims with contrasting world views in a house together and press record. What emerges is a passionate debate, honest disagreements, humour and moments of insight that reveal what is like to be a Muslim in Britain today.

On the surface, Britain’s 2.7 million Muslims are united in faith. But behind closed doors, in Muslim homes across the country, there is ongoing discussion about what and who best represents Islam. Labels like Sunni, Shi’a, liberal, conservative and moderate don’t do it justice. Will the real British Muslim please stand up?

She or he is faced with competing and contradictory voices. Some suggest an orthodox version of the faith is entirely at home in Britain. Others demand compromises to be made by Muslim in order to integrate. This unique and bold social experiment witnesses these dilemmas played out for real.

In episode one, the ten British Muslims who represent the diversity of their faith move into their new home. As each meets and settles in, they begin to explore how their faith impacts their lives, from sleeping arrangements, cooking, and prayer to dress and culture. Topical, important and, at times, charged exchanges shine a light on what it means to be a Muslim in modern Britain.

This programme would be great for an RE lesson looking at the various theological and cultural differences that exist within a religion. The search for a snapshot of the British Muslim identity and experience may also provide a discussion starter for a PSHE or Citizenship lesson on what factors play into our social values.

Follow the hashtag #TVforTeachers or @EraResources for more lesson ideas.

You can also access curated clips through our new learning platform. To use the platform, you just need to email your request to era@era.org.uk and we will set-up a login so that you can access the site freely.

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