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13 July 2010
Local Muslim families recently enjoyed a special ‘Family Fun Day’ organised by researchers from the School of Social Sciences and the Centre for Islam in the UK. More than 200 people attended the event at the Star Centre in Splott.
Those who attended were presented with a booklet of findings from the research team’s recent project, examining how children of primary school age and below are brought up to be Muslims. For the study, the team interviewed 60 Muslim families in Cardiff, observed religious practices, and asked children to keep oral diaries.
As the focus of the research was on young children, activities at the event included soft play, balloon modelling, face painting and a bouncy castle, as well as halal food. It was supported by the University’s Community Engagement Team.
At another recent event, 80 practitioners in the fields of health, social care and education heard about the results from the study and their implications for public services. The free seminar was designed to increase practitioner knowledge of working with Muslim children and their families.
The research is funded by the Religion and Society Programme, a collaboration between the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council.
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