‘The number of Muslims in Italy has rocketed from about 2,000 in 1970 to nearly two million at the end of 2015.

Academics say the number is expected to continue to rise as migrants from Africa and the Middle East continue to arrive.

Sociologist Massimo Introvigne, director of the Centre for New Religions Studies (Cesnur), branded the number “shocking”.’

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