Islamic Financial Services in the United Kingdom

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CHAPTER 1
INTRODUCTION

The British Muslim population

Size and age profile of the population

The United Kingdom national census of 2001 was the first to include a question on the religious affiliation of respondents. This attracted a considerable amount of opposition from those committed to the view that the state should take no interest in such matters. Among communities of Muslim heritage, there were some who feared that the government’s purpose in collecting such precise information on the location of Muslims was a sinister one. Despite this some Muslim organisations, notably the Muslim Council of Britain, campaigned vigorously for the inclusion of the religion question, in the belief that hard data on the Muslim population was a prerequisite for the provision of culturally specific services and the amelioration of discrimination and disadvantage.1

The census produced a figure of 1,591,000 Muslims in the United Kingdom, which is normally cited in the rounded form of 1.6 million. This appears to be reliable. Analysis of the data has shown that less than 1 per cent of respondents who gave their ethnic origin as South Asian took the option of declining to answer the question on religion (compared

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vi
  • Chapter 1 - Introduction 1
  • Chapter 2 - History of Islamic Financial Services in the United Kingdom 23
  • Chapter 3 - Personal Accounts 45
  • Chapter 4 - Personal Finance 65
  • Chapter 5 - Home Finance 81
  • Chapter 6 - Takaful 107
  • Chapter 7 - Investments and Wealth Management 121
  • Chapter 8 - Sukuk 141
  • Chapter 9 - Business Finance 157
  • Conclusion 173
  • Glossary and Abbreviation 193
  • Index 199
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