5 facts about the Muslim population in Europe | Pew Research Center

English: The Muslim population of the world ma...

English: The Muslim population of the world map by percentage of each country, according to the Pew Forum 2009 report on world Muslim populations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Muslim population in English local authority a...

Muslim population in English local authority areas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a must-read article by Pew Research Center. Check it out!

via 5 facts about the Muslim population in Europe | Pew Research Center.

The thing that I like most about the Pew’s article is that they are topical, well-researched with hard-data, and contain excellent graphics.

Of course, this type of research does not provide subjectivity, nor context.

What is inescapable is that there are a lot of Muslims in Europe. Some countries like France and Germany have large numbers in absolute terms. Others have higher percentages of Muslims.

The research masks that the Muslims are from many different backgrounds. Most are moderate, law-abiding citizens. But we are all worried about the growth of radical Islam. Sadly, there are no statistics on the radical population but it must surely be growing rapidly?

From facts, like this research, there follows conjecture and fear. Liberal, multi-cultural societies are challenged by the increasing popularity of the far-right and the far-left.  The challenge is not just for peaceful Muslims, it’s for all minorities who will potentially be under threat, including by race, color, religion, sexuality etc.

Thoughts?

 

 

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