Wales is now home to 22,000 Muslims and a new book this week explains how Muslim chaplains in a range of British public institutions are performing vital roles as problem-solvers, mediators and role models.

Understanding Muslim Chaplaincy examines the work of Muslim chaplains in universities and colleges, prisons, the armed forces, hospitals, airports, shopping malls and in the community, throughout England and Wales.

The research by Professor Sophie Gilliat-Ray and Maulana Dr Mansur Ali of the Centre for the Study of Islam at Cardiff University, and Professor Stephen Pattison of the University of Birmingham, is the first study of its kind to examine the work of the 450 full-time, part-time, and volunteer Muslim chaplains in the UK.

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