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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 the 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

Scottish Muslims in Numbers

‘Scottish Muslims in Numbers: Understanding Scotland’s Muslim population through the 2011 Census’ is a unique new research report written by Alwaleed Centre Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr Khadijah Elshayyal.

Edinburgh Muslim Voices

This unique project aims to highlight the impact of anti-Muslim hate crime in Scotland through creative animated films. A partnership between the Alwaleed Centre and the Edinburgh College of Art.

Reports, Articles and Publications

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

Living Islam Photography Competition

Calling all photographers! The Alwaleed Centre has launched a unique competition which hopes to inspire creative interpretations of the theme 'Living Islam'. The competition is open to anyone living in the UK and cash prizes will be awarded to the top three photographs.