Religious Studies KS3 / GCSE: Khadija and the founding of Islam

The life and role of Khadija in the founding of Islam is examined by Bettany Hughes.

Khadija's early life and social position are outlined.

Bettany discusses the depth of the relationship of Muhammad and Khadija with Professor Leila Ahmed of Harvard University.

They look at Muhammad's transformation from man to Prophet and the central role of Khadija in this.

They assess the importance of Khadija to the establishing of Islam in its crucial early days.

This is from the series: Divine Women

Teacher Notes

Students could reflect on Khadija's emotional journey from meeting Muhammad (pbuh) to the peoples' acceptance of him as the Prophet of Allah.

Students could evaluate whether Islam could have established itself without the support of Khadija.

Students might discover what the social position of women was around Mecca at the time of Khadija.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Religious Studies at KS3, KS4, and GCSE in England and Northern Ireland.

Also at 3rd and 4th Level in Scotland.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, CCEA and SQA

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