Source: The Guardian
The number of students on Islamic studies programmes has risen in the last four years, according to a new report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce).
The study found students taking Islamic studies, either as a full degree or part of one, rose by 12% between 2002 and 2006, compared with the 7% rise across all subjects.
A total of 635 students were taking Islamic studies across all year groups in 2005/6, 188 of whom were at first degree level.
The findings will help Hefce decide where to allocate the Â£1m extra funding announced by the government in June to help improve the teaching of Islamic studies in the UK.