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date: 22 February 2020

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This chapter opens by charting the historical settlement of Muslim communities, as well as contemporary British Muslim engagement with their history in the UK. Current understanding of settlement patterns and demographics is examined by looking at early findings from the 2011 Census. An assessment is made of the academic production of knowledge about Muslim communities in Britain and the way in which this mirrors the changing self-understanding of Muslims over time, in response to a range of discourses. The implications of these changes and influences are examined in terms of the evolving dialogue between Muslims and the state through social policy, and the formation of Muslim ‘representative’ bodies. The latest work on British Muslims, policing, and counter-terrorism is reviewed, evaluating changing perceptions of, and engagement with, Muslims in Britain by external agents of the state, and a consideration of Muslim community responses. Finally, the chapter examines the production of research that maps the diversity of Muslim communities, and the evolution of British Muslim organizations and infrastructures that have enabled the flourishing practice of Islam in Britain.

Keywords: British Muslim studies, demography, Census, identity, social policy, religion, Islam

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