chapter  3
54 Pages

The Arab World and the Islamist Threat

ByMichael Curtis

James Madison warned of the power of an “ecclesiastical establishment.” Britain now is confronted by such a threat. The estimated Muslim population in Britain is now 2.9 million, nearly 5 percent of the total population, and an increase of about 75 percent in a decade. In Britain, which has the third-largest Muslim population in Europe, over twenty-five metropolitan areas have large Muslim populations. The Muslim increase has resulted from a high birthrate, greater immigration, and conversion. Over five thousand people in Britain convert each year. Hundreds of mosques have been built. Islamic primary and secondary schools devote part of the time to religious instruction.