The Circumstances and Attitudes of Different Muslim Groups in England and Europe

  • Saffron KarlsenEmail author
  • James Y. Nazroo
Part of the Understanding Population Trends and Processes book series (UPTA, volume 2)


In this chapter, the authors use census and survey data to develop a picture of the characteristics and attitudes of different Muslim groups in Britain. They also use data from the Muslims in Europe (ME) study to show that many from the minority groups in London consider themselves able to access a form of flexible British identity acceptable for individuals of minority groups with widely differing demands. This sense of Britishness is much stronger than similar feelings of certain minorities in Madrid and Berlin and is regarded as important in counteracting the negative views of Islamaphobia that so often appear in the popular press.


Minority Group Asylum Seeker Ethnic Minority Group Ethnic Category Terrorist Incident 
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This study was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (RES-163-25-0009). We would also like to thank members of the “Muslims in Europe”, HSE and EMPIRIC teams, the Department of Health, and the thousands of respondents who gave their time.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology and Public healthUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.School of Social Sciences, Arthur Lewis Building, University of ManchesterManchesterUK

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