Written by Zaki Badawi, 2004
… At present there are over 170 universities in the U.K., of which over 70 offer courses in Islamic studies. Most of the courses are anchored in regional or language departments. Few departments are called Islamic studies. Thus, Islam is covered as a background in courses on the Middle East, South Asia, Africa or South East Asia. Students of Arabic or Bahasa would also study Islam as the cultural background of the language. Recently, some centers of Islamic studies have been established in a few universities, aimed at postgraduate programmes.