British Muslims | A history

British Muslims A History

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

There have been Muslims in Britain since the 16th century, when North African and Turkish galley slaves were released from ships captured from the Spanish Armada. This guide describes the history of Muslim settlement in the UK and the formation of their communities.

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 of a Pakistani migrant settling in Leeds and also covers topics such as:

  • Migration, history and the formation of Muslim communities
  • Post-1945 economic migration
  • Forced migration and seeking refuge
  • Understanding Muslim ethnic communities
  • Conversion to Islam

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

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

All of these resources are available to download here:

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