Islamic History Month

The month of October marks the beginning of Canadian Islamic History Month (IHMC) and we encourage educators and teacher candidates to take part in celebrating and honouring cultural diversity within our schools. Muslims have been a valued part of the Canadian mosaic for over a century and we must recognize their valuable contribution shaping Canada.  A few ideas for your classrooms and schools are to: 

  • Greet Muslim students, by saying “As-salamu alaykum” (Peace be upon you)
  • Create a safe space where Muslim students feel comfortable sharing their feelings, talking circles allows student to debrief and process their thoughts
  • Emphasize developing critical thinking skills, critical media literacies, and social activism
  • Invite speakers of Islamic heritage to speak to your students
  • Organize a series of events in October to empower Muslim students and their allies – highlight the contributions of Muslim people in the arts, sciences, sports, and music

Curriculum Connections

The following resources reflect the culture, history and contributions of Muslims and Islam to Canadian society.


Click on the cover of each book to find it online. 

Islam & Muslims book cover the 99 book cover   muslim girl coming of age book cover   1001 inventions book cover   the arab world thought of it book cover   museum mysteries book cover   islam book cover   brave book cover   hats of faith book cover   1001 inventions and awesome facts from muslim civilization book cover   the genius of islam book cover   salam alaikum book cover   the hijab boutique   Nusaiba and the fifth grad bullies book cover 


These resources were curated by Hassina Alizai, a second year PhD student within the field of social justice and inclusion. Hassina’s doctoral research (in progress) examines the experiences of Muslim teacher candidates in Canadian teacher education programs, focusing both on practices that enact and those that disrupt Islamophobia. She is privileged to be working under the supervision of Dr. Lee Airton and has been working on various research projects with faculty professors across institutions.