THIS IS AN NJR, PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS BLURB IN ITS RAW FORM.Prevailing thoughts about religion being a matter predominately for the private domain has been challenged by many minority faith groups in the UK, most vocally Muslims. One of the principal consequences of this has been the inclusion of a question on religious affiliation in the 2001 National Census. Prior to the availability of such data the ethnic heterogeneity of Muslims meant it was extremely difficult to create a community profile for this faith group, given that many Muslim groups such as Arabs, Turks and those from Eastern Europe are included within the ethnic category 'White Other'. Using such large scale data Muslims on the Map: A National Survey of Social Trends has created a long awaited community profile which looks at Muslims as an entire faith community from a sociological and social policy perspective. Analysis of data shows that Muslims as a group are more socially disadvantaged than other faith community in terms of educational qualifications, economic activity and housing conditions and as demonstrated by other poverty indicators. However the data also shows that far from having a single profile, Muslims, as a faith community, show degrees of polarisation.
Muslims on the Map
A National Survey of Social Trends in Britain