British Muslims | Mosques

British Muslims Mosques

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

Mosques provide space for daily prayer, the weekly Jum’a and other community gatherings. They offer Qur’an classes for children, and the larger ones host Shari‘ah Councils. This guide provides an overview of mosques in Britain including what they are for, and how they are governed.

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-studies of a local mosque in Leeds as well as the Finsbury Park mosque in London and also covers topics such as:

  • Numbers and profiles of mosques in the UK
  • What mosques are for
  • Conflicts and extremism in mosques
  • Leadership of mosques

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
  • History
  • Sectarian movements
  • Full annotated report
  • Executive summary of full report

All of these resources are available to download here:

British Muslims Mosques
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