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Volume 691: debated on Tuesday 24 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 26 March (WA 247–8), what is their understanding of the characteristics of the different sub-categories of Muslim communities in the United Kingdom, such as Brelwi, Deobandi and Imami, and cross-cutting trends such as Sufism. [HL3026]

Although there are no specific data for denominational allegiances of Muslims in the UK, or on issues facing denominational groups, the Government's understanding is that, of the many Islamic schools of thought in the UK, the majority of UK Muslims are Sunni Brelwi or Sunni Deobandi.

Surveys such as the census provide data only by broader religious affiliation, such as Muslim, Christian or Hindu. The Government are continuing to work with a range of partners to broaden our knowledge of faith communities.