|Islam in Ireland|
The documented history of Islam in Ireland dates to the 1950s. The first Islamic Society was established in 1959. It was formed by students studying in Ireland. In 1976 the first Musjid and Islamic Centre was opened in a four story building. Among those who contributed to the project was King Faisal of Saudi Arabia.
In 1992 Moosajee Bhamjee became the first Muslim member of the Irish Parliament.
According to the 2006 census, there are 32,539 Muslims in Ireland or less than 1% of the population. Yet this is a 69% increase over the figures for the 2002 census.
According to the 2001 census, there are 1,943 Muslims in Northern Ireland (ruled by the UK). Just over 55% of Muslims were either Asian or African nationals with 30.7% having Irish nationality.
Muslim immigration in the end of the 90s was caused by the Irish economic boom and asylum seekers from diverse Muslim countries.
In 2003, the Islamic Cultural Centre and Foras na Gaeilge joined forces to translate the Quraan into Irish for the first time.
There are now a few Musjids and Islamic Centres in the country. In 2006 an umbrella organization, the Irish Council of Imams, was established. There are several student Islamic societies in universities across Ireland.
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