Spain has released a guide on the Muslim community in the country. The guide includes such data such as demographic information and information about mosques and/or places of worship. According to the guide, there are approximately 1.3 Muslims in Spain, with Moroccans, Algerians, Pakistanis, and Senegalese making up the majority. Previous estimates put the number at about 1.5 million out of a total of 40 million in the country. Approximately 300,000 Muslims live in the north-eastern province of Catalonia, 120,000 in Andalusia, and 80,000 in the capital city of Madrid. The guide also shows that there are nearly 400 mosques and prayer spaces in the country, but only 13 “big” mosques and Islamic centers. The guide was released by the Arab House Institution of the immigration Ministry.
The coordinator of Investigaci_n de la Casa _rabe, Elena Agirita, emphasized yesterday the necessity to break with the image of the Muslim youth as potential elements of social conflict and maladjusted to western societies. This week, The Young and also Muslim secretary of the course . The new Muslim generation in Europe and the Islamic countries that are celebrated this week in the University the International Men_ndez Pelayo (UIMP) criticized in press conference the perpetuaci_n of the stereotypes through visions sensationalists or who emphasize the ignorance and the problems of integration of this group. La coordinadora de Investigaci_n de la Casa _rabe, Elena Agirita, enfatiz_ ayer la necesidad de “romper” con la imagen de los j_venes musulmanes como “potenciales elementos de conflicto social y de inadaptaci_n a las sociedades occidentales”. The course, “Young and also Muslim: The new Muslim generation in Europe and Islamic countries” is celebrated this week at the Universidad Internacional Men_ndez Pelayo (UIMP). In a press conference related to this event, its spokesman criticized the “perpetuation of stereotypes” through “sensationalist” reporting that emphasizes the ignorance of this groups and its problems with integration.