British Muslims | Families

This guide is part of a series of new resources giving an overview of Muslims and Islam in the UK.

The family is the most important unit within British Muslim communities. It is the place where religious and social norms and values are shared and practised. This guide provides basic information on kinship structure and relationships, marriage and related issues, everyday family life, and children’s religious socialisation.

The guide draws on academic literature from Islamic studies, religious studies, history, sociology, anthropology, political science, education, social psychology, and policy and security studies, as well as information from a variety of websites produced by Muslim and Islamic groups, and material from news websites.

Written by CREST Researcher Professor Kim Knott, this guide comes out of CREST’s Ideas, Beliefs and Values in Social Context project and is intended to inform and enrich discussions about Muslims in the UK.

The guide provides a case-study on life inside mosque schools and covers topics such as:

  • Family
  • Kinship loyalties
  • Marriage issues
  • Everyday family life
  • Learning to be a Muslim

Other resources available in our series on Muslims in the UK include:

  • Charities and organisations
  • Demography and communities
  • Gender and generations
  • History
  • Mosques
  • Sectarian movements
  • Full annotated report
  • Executive summary of full report

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