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Current Application of Public Aspects of Dhimmah

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Among Muslim states, only a few have named in their Constitutions a specific religion or religious group. Recognition of religious minorities in Turkey and Pakistan is partly rooted in the treaties concluded between these two countries and their neighbouring countries. Being affected by the Dhimmah traditions, the instances provided by Capotorti in a list under the title of "juridical status to a religion professed by a minority" are more or less applied in all Muslim countries as far as recognized religions are concerned. Along with the issue of the recognition of religious minorities, in the parliament of some Muslim countries special seats have been allocated to the representatives of religious minorities. The Constitution or the legislation of the majority of Muslim states explicitly prohibits discrimination against individuals on grounds of religion.

Keywords: Dhimmah; Capotorti; discrimination; Muslim countries; Muslim states; Pakistan; religious minorities; Turkey

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