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Scotland's MuslimsSociety, Politics and Identity$
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Peter Hopkins

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474427234

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474427234.001.0001

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Health

Health

The Health Profile of Muslims in Scotland

Chapter:
(p.25) 2 Health
Source:
Scotland's Muslims
Author(s):

Maria Kristiansen

Aziz Sheikh

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474427234.003.0002

Human happiness and well-being are, to a large extent, dependent upon the health of the individual. Similarly, healthy populations are an important prerequisite for societal progress and prosperity (Marmot et al., 2010; World Health Organization, 2015). In order to maximise individual and societal well-being, it is important that the health of all members and sections – that is, irrespective of age, sex/gender, disability, ethnicity, faith or any other protected characteristic – is maximised. A growing body of evidence, however, points to substantial, persistent differences in health outcomes between different ethnic and religious groups. In this chapter, we discuss the health profile of Muslims living in Scotland, outline some of the factors shaping health among this diverse group and consider ways of addressing the healthcare needs of Muslims within the context of Scottish healthcare services.

Keywords:   Health, Faith, Diversity, Religious identity, Health behaviours

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