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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

Muslim Women’s Religious Leadership and Authority in Europe and North America

University of Edinburgh: 13th – 14th September 2018

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.