Great British Islam

A collection of films exploring Islam in Britain.

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  • The A-Z of British Islam

    This film follows two Muslim students, Aziza and Zainab as they explore what it means to be a Muslim in Britain and how Muslims really feel feel about living and practising their faith in the UK

  • Somalinimo

    As students return to universities around the world, four British-Somali students talk about navigating one of Britain's most elite institutions: Cambridge University.

    Their identity is rooted in Somalinimo ('the essence of being Somali') and in this love letter to Somali culture, blackness and...

  • Circling the House of God

    Dr Martin Lings, a writer and scholar revered all over the world, performed the Hajj, or pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in 1948. Using unique archive material, he recollects his experiences along with his insight into its historical background. The original beauty and simplicity of the Hajj...

  • Blessed are the Strangers

    London in the late 1960s. A steady stream of hippies get switched on to the
    teachings of Sufism through Ian Dallas, a Scottish playwright and actor who had encountered Islam on a trip to Morocco. He takes the group to Morocco and introduces them to Shakyh Muhammad ibn al-Habib. The shaykh gifts t...

  • The English Lady who went to Hajj

    Photographer Peter Sanders goes in search of Lady Evelyn 'Zainab' Cobbold. Zainab Cobbold converted to Islam in the 1915s and came from a British aristocratic family. She remarked that she considered Islam "the religion most calculated to solve the world's many perplexing problems, and to bring t...

  • Black and Muslim in Britain

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    A series exploring stories and dialogue around being Black and Muslim in Britain. ‘Black and Muslim in Britain’ was initiated in October 2016 with the intention of addressing the lack of faith representation during Black History Month in the UK, on its 30th anniversary.

    The series is a collectio...

  • I Heart Quran

    Muslims all over the world turn to the Quran everyday to provide themselves with guidance and encouragement in following their faith. We meet four ordinary people who share with us their favourite verse and how they contextualise it, interpret and understand it - in their everyday life. Words of ...

  • The British in Mecca

    Every year, over 20,000 British Muslims travel to Mecca to perform the annual hajj. This documentary was recorded during the 2008 Hajj and captures this once-in-a-lifetime journey to the holiest city in Islam.

  • For Allah, King and Country

    For Allah, King and Country is an examination of the vital role played by the Muslim soldiers of the British Empire in both World Wars.

  • The Art of Integration

    The Art of Integration is a reminder that Muslims have been part of British life for over a century and have made, and continue to make, an important contribution to the United Kingdom's rich cultural diversity.

  • Paradigms of Leadership - William Wiliamson

    In learning the qualities of William Williamson, we see that Islam works well as a religion for free-spirited people; for those who were more comfortable with nature than with cities, those who were not afraid of discomfort or death but valued the qualitative intensity of traditional human life o...

  • Numina at the Barbican

    Zarah Hussain’s sculptural installation Numina was commissioned by the Barbican and installed in the Centre's foyers from 1 October 2016 - 25 January 2017.

    Blurring the boundaries between science and spirituality, Islamic geometry is traditionally drawn by hand with a ruler and pen, using mathe...

  • The Cambridge Muslim College

    For over a decade Cambridge Muslim College has been training scholars, producing academic research and developing educational programmes.
    With a commitment to traditional Islamic scholarship, the College intends to be a flagship institution of which Muslims everywhere can be proud.
    The Cambridge ...

  • Everyday Muslim, UK Muslim Heritage

    Everyday Muslim Heritage and Archive Initiative is a long-term project to create a central archive of Muslim lives, arts, education and cultures from across the UK. They aim is to collect and document the presence and contribution of Muslim life in Britain through images, interviews and documents...

  • An Nisa Society

    When family members Humera Khan, Khalida Khan and Aisha Khan co-founded the An-Nisa Society in 1985, its goals were to improve the provision of Muslim-sensitive services and influence Government policy to tackle religious discrimination and Islamophobia. The society, among other achievements, has...

  • Naz Legacy Foundation

    Naz Legacy Foundation - promotes excellence in education and positive integration into British Society through supporting key initiatives and charities within these sectors. We show through promoting the best in education and acting as ambassadors in the voluntary public service sector we can mak...