British Muslims | Sectarian Movements

Sectarian Movements

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

In the UK today, a large number of Islamic movements and networks are represented, most with their origins in either South Asia or the Middle East. This guide provides an overview of British Muslim sectarian movements and networks.

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 covers South Asian as well as Middle Eastern reform movements in the UK, including:

  • Ahl-e-Hadith
  • Al-Muhajiroun
  • Barelwi movement
  • Deobandi movement
  • Hizb ut-Tahrir
  • Jama‘at-i Islami
  • Jam‘iyat Ihya’ Minhaj al-Sunnah (JIMAs)
  • Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan al-Muslimun)
  • Salafi Publications
  • Tablighi Jama‘at

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
  • Mosques
  • Full annotated report
  • Executive summary of full report

All of these resources are available to download here:

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