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Muslims in Britain

As well as being the second-largest religious community in the world, Islam is now the second-largest religious community in the UK.

Mohammed Ali

The latest official figures from the 2011 Census suggest that 4.8% of the population of England and Wales, and 1.4 % of the population of Scotland, is Muslim. For the UK as a whole, the figure is 4.5%

The British Muslim population is a youthful one, compared to the overall British population, which is considered to be ageing. 33% of British Muslims are under 15 years of age, compared to 19% for the nation as whole. Similarly, only 4% of British Muslims are over the age of 65, while the figure is 16% for Britain as a whole.

Following the general election of theĀ 8th of May 2015 there are 13 Members of Parliament who are Muslim (9 Labour, 3 Conservative, 1 SNP; 5 men, 8 women), and there are 15 Muslim members of the House of Lords (4 Conservative, 4 Liberal Democrat, 2 Labour, 2 Crossbench and 3 non-affiliated; 8 men and 7 women).


Podcasts and Videos

Podcasts and videos on the theme of Muslims in Britain

Reports, Articles and Publications

There are numerous print and multimedia resources available on the topic of Muslims in Britain.

Muslims and Political Participation in Britain: Conference 2012

Muslims play a prominent role in British political life and this conference showcased current research into Muslim participation both in terms of electoral politics and civil society initiatives.

Organisations and Initiatives

Below are some useful web links to organisations relevant to the theme of Muslims in Britain. Please get in touch if you would like your organisation to be listed.

Breaking Barriers

A ground-breaking initiative which brings together young Christians and Muslims in Scotland