Crucible: The Christian journal of social ethics devoted its July-September 2008
number to “Islam in Britain: challenge and opportunity”. The following article was
written by Chris Hewer. It explores some of the key social values that Islam might
have to contribute to the future of British society without doing the work of Muslim
scholars in addressing their tradition and working out the application in detail.
The 2001 Census gave the Muslim population of Britain as approximately 1.6m
people. There are reasons to think that this might have been rather a low figure and, with the passage of nearly seven years, we can reasonably estimate the current total to be in the order of 2 million. The key statistic that the last census produced was the age profile of Muslims in Britain…