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Sweden (Vol 3, 2010)

(4,154 words)

Author(s): Göran Larsson
See also Sweden in 2008 | 2009 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017. 1 Muslim Populations The last official census to include information about religious affiliation was collected in 1930 and 15 individuals were recorded as Muslims in that year.1 However, larger numbers of Muslims started to arrive in the 1960s and 1970s, and the figure for today varies between 350,000 and 400,000 out of a total Swedish population of approximately 9,400,000. This estimate is not supported by hard evidence as it is against the law to collect perso…

Sweden (Vol 4, 2011)

(4,368 words)

Author(s): Göran Larsson
See also Sweden in 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017. 1 Muslim Populations The last official census to include information about religious affiliation was collected in 1930 and 15 individuals were recorded as Muslims in that year.1 However, larger numbers of Muslims started to arrive in the 1960s and 1970s, and the figure for today varies between 350,000 and 400,000 out of a total Swedish population of approximately 9,480,000. This estimate is not supported by hard evidence as it is against the law to collect perso…

Iceland (Vol 5, 2012)

(1,639 words)

Author(s): Göran Larsson
See also Iceland in 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016. 1 Muslim Populations1 According to available historical records and folklore traditions, the first contact Iceland had with Muslims goes back to the summer of 1627, when a group of so-called ‘Turkish pirates’, who had actually travelled from North Africa, raided settlements on the south-west coast, the Westman Islands and the eastern fjords. This episode is of no importance for the composition of the Muslim community in Iceland today, but is signif…

Sweden (Vol 8, 2015)

(4,225 words)

Author(s): Göran Larsson
See also Sweden in 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2016 | 2017. Introduction The Muslim population of Sweden is very diverse in its ethnic and linguistic composition, and no group is in a clearly dominant position. Up until the mid-1980s, the largest single Muslim group consisted of people with a Turkish background, but since then it has not been possible to talk about one group as being numerically dominant, and today Sweden’s Muslim communities are made up of Arabs, Iranians, Africans, and South As…

Iceland (Vol 2, 2009)

(1,686 words)

Author(s): Göran Larsson
See also Iceland in 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017. 1 Muslim Populations The data for this country report are primarily based on official statistics, online information published by the Association of Muslims in Iceland ( Félag múslima á Íslandi) and media reports.1 There are hardly any academic studies of Islam and Muslims in Iceland, the main reason being that very few Muslims live in this geographically remote part of Europe. According to historical records and folklore traditions, the first contact Iceland had with Mus…

Sweden (Vol 5, 2012)

(4,307 words)

Author(s): Göran Larsson
See also Sweden in 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017. 1 Muslim Populations The last official census to include information about religious affiliation was collected in 1930 and 15 individuals were recorded as Muslims in that year.1 However, larger numbers of Muslims started to arrive in the 1960s and 1970s, and the figure for today varies between 350,000 and 400,000 out of a total Swedish population of approximately 9,550,000. This estimate is not supported by hard evidence as it is, on the basis of protection of i…

Shari‘a as Discourse: Legal Traditions and the Encounter with Europe. Ed. Jørgen S. Nielsen and Lisbet Christoffersen

(965 words)

Author(s): Göran Larsson
Shari‘a as Discourse: Legal Traditions and the Encounter with Europe. Ed. Jørgen S. Nielsen and Lisbet Christoffersen. Farnham/Burlington: Ashgate, 2010. Pp. ix+267. Hbk. ISBN 9780754679554. £65.00. Shari‘a as Discourse: Legal Traditions and the Encounter with Europe provides the reader with an excellent introduction to, and overview of, the debate about Islamic jurisprudence and Western legal philosophy and traditions. Even though it would be wrong to argue that current European legal systems are opening themselves up to ideas r…

Sweden (Vol 6, 2013)

(4,202 words)

Author(s): Göran Larsson
See also Sweden in 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017. 1 Muslim Populations The last official census to include information about religious affiliation was collected in 1930, and 15 individuals were recorded as ‘Muslims and other Asian religions’ in that year.1 If we look more closely into the data it is clear that the number of Muslims could have been between 11 or 4 individuals, depending on how the statistical information should be read and analysed.2 However, larger numbers of Muslims started to arrive in the 1960s and 1970s, and the figure for today…

Sweden (Vol 7, 2014)

(4,337 words)

Author(s): Göran Larsson
See also Sweden in 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017. Introduction The Muslim population of Sweden is very diverse when it comes to ethnic and linguistic background, and no group is in a clearly dominant position. Up until the mid-1980s the largest single Muslim group consisted of people from a Turkish background, but since then it has not been possible to talk about one group as being numerically dominant, and today Muslim communities are made up of Arabs, Iranians, Africans and South Asia…

The Last Shall Be the First—Or How the Study of Islam and Muslims in the Nordic Countries Could Be More Developed

(2,273 words)

Author(s): Göran Larsson
Bibliographical information and academic databases clearly indicate that the study of Islam and Muslims is a maturing research area within the broader field of religious and social studies in the West. This observation is also true for the Nordic countries.1 However, even though the quantity of publications has grown over the years, it is evident that most academics working on Islam in the Nordic countries seem to have limited possibilities to do fieldwork or thorough comparative and longitudinal studies covering more than one countr…

Sweden (Vol 1, 2008)

(3,835 words)

Author(s): Göran Larsson
See also Sweden in 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017. 1 Muslim Populations The last official census to include information about religious affiliation was collected in 1930 and fifteen individuals were recorded as Muslims in that year.1 However, larger numbers of Muslims started to arrive in the 1960s and 1970s, and the figure for today varies between 350,000 and 400,000 out of a total Swedish population of 9,000,000. This estimate is not supported by hard data as it is against the law to collect personal data on r…

Sweden (Vol 2, 2009)

(4,098 words)

Author(s): Göran Larsson
See also Sweden in 2008 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017. 1 Muslim Populations The last official census to include information about religious affiliation was collected in 1930 and 15 individuals were recorded as Muslims in that year.1 However, larger numbers of Muslims started to arrive in the 1960s and 1970s, and the figure for today varies between 350,000 and 400,000 out of a total Swedish population of 9,000,000. This estimate is not supported by hard evidence as it is against the law to collect personal data on re…

Iceland (Vol 3, 2010)

(1,844 words)

Author(s): Göran Larsson
See also Iceland in 2009 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017. 1 Muslim Populations The data for this country report are primarily based on official statistics, online information published by the Association of Muslims in Iceland ( Félag múslima á Íslandi) and media reports.1 There are hardly any academic studies of Islam and Muslims in Iceland, the main reason being that very few Muslims live in this geographically remote part of Europe. According to historical records and folklore traditions, the first contact Iceland had with Mus…

Iceland (Vol 4, 2011)

(1,780 words)

Author(s): Göran Larsson
See also Iceland in 2009 | 2010 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017. 1 Muslim Populations atThe da for this country report are primarily based on official statistics, online information published by the Association of Muslims in Iceland ( Félag múslima á Íslandi) and media reports.1 There are hardly any academic studies on Islam and Muslims in Iceland, the main reason being that very few Muslims live in this geographically remote part of Europe. According to historical records and folklore traditions, the first contact Iceland had with Mus…

Power

(4,329 words)

Author(s): Göran Larsson
Abstract: This entry deals with the elusive, complex and vague term “power.” Even though a notion of power is often linked to both popular and academic discussions concerning religion and theology — …

Demography

(2,981 words)

Author(s): Göran Larsson
Abstract: Demography focuses on how a population changes over time, for example, because of birth and death rates and movements (migration, urbanization, emigration, etc.), but also because of politi…

Iceland (Vol 6, 2013)

(3,257 words)

Author(s): Göran Larsson | Kristjan Thor Sigurdsson
See also Iceland in 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016. 1 Muslim Populations1 It is difficult to know when the first encounter between Muslims and Icelanders took place, but there were contacts between Arab traders and envoys and Nordic people from the 9th century onward, so it is not impossible that some Icelanders might have encountered Arab Muslims in earlier times. How the memory of these relations has been stored in the collective historical consciousness of Scandinavians in general and Icelanders …