Muslim Youth and Islamic Knowledge Survey

Friday, 30 March 2018

The Muslim Youth and Islamic Knowledge survey is centred on providing Muslim youth a voice in explaining how they understand their religion. To date, it will be one of the most comprehensive empirical studies of the University-going Muslim population in the United States and the United Kingdom - thereby, providing a unique opportunity to explore their religiosity and collect objective data on their approach to and knowledge of Islam.

Existing research on second generation Muslims in the West has focused on understanding their religion using indicators such as religious attendance or religious adherence (e.g. fasting during Ramadan, or attendance at daily prayer). Research on how Muslim youth actually understand their religion, therefore, has been relatively unexplored. This study intends to address this issue, and explore their true comprehension of Islam and the sources they use to broaden their knowledge.

Our aim is to identify sources of religious influence and platforms of religious guidance that may allow researchers to understand how young Muslims seek to broaden their understanding of Islam. Of particular interest, is the impact that Islamic scholars play in the religious guidance of young Muslims on both a local and global scale.

As part of the larger European Research Council funded project, Changing Structures of Islamic Authority and Consequences for Social Changes: A Transnational Review, the survey builds on an extensive body of qualitative fieldwork to introduce a more quantitative-focused study. Our aim is to employ a more robust empirical analysis of Islamic religiosity among the Muslim youth to promote a more evidence-based discourse on the subject.

Given our main target population is “University-going” Muslim youth, our study focuses on a sample of 75 Universities/Colleges in the United Kingdom and the United States. These universities primarily constitute national universities, albeit varying in size, and stratified by academic ranking.

This large-scale sampling frame, coupled with the need for survey accessibility to maximise response rates, has meant designing and implementing an online questionnaire. In line with the increased use of internet surveys to conduct social science research, this provides a more effective and time-efficient way of administering surveys and conducting survey research.

You can view the profiles of the CSIA Project Team here