Inspiration behind the Author’s work

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Were you a book worm growing up as a child? Some of us may have fond memories glued to a book, reading children's classics such as those by CS Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Roald Dahl's George's Marvelous Medicine or even Enid Blyton's Famous Five, to name but a few. In fact, reading can become a big part of a child's life. So when we become parents, it is no surprise that we wish for our children to share in some of those happy memories too. But as Muslim parents, we are also aware of the importance and the need to teach our youngsters about their own traditional Islamic values and the rich heritage that has preceded us. 


Whilst there are plenty of Islamic picture books for the early year's readership, what happens when they grow a little older, wiser and look for more depth, excitement and adventure in the literature they wish to read? Naturally they turn to some of the classics like those mentioned before – which is great, but wouldn't it be even better if they could enjoy similar stories, but with characters that they can really relate to? 

Characters with names, backgrounds and values that they can directly identify with and share. Characters that help them understand their own Muslim identity as something to celebrate; to be confident with who they are. They could learn about heroes of the past, such as the Prophets and famous figures of history, whose examples as role models are as applicable today as they ever were. They could gain a better understanding of their Islamic heritage, learn Islamic knowledge, as well as expanding their worldly knowledge; whether it's developing literacy skills, learning new facts or simply feeding their imagination. 


The House Of Ibn Kathir: The Competition Begins by SN Jalali is an exciting chapter book written for older Muslim children. A book where traditional story telling is interwoven with Islamic knowledge and values creating a fun, adventure packed, new genre for Muslim Children to read.

Suitable for ages 10 years and above, with diverse characters.

Includes 70 Arabic words (with glossary of terms), Language; English

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Reading at the IHRC Bookshop & Gallery

Reading at the IHRC Bookshop & Gallery

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Teaching Resources

Please click on the document link below to download the booklet of your choice.

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