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This chapter provides an up-to-date account of the situation of Muslims in Cyprus. The Muslim presence in Cyprus dates from the seventh century, but Islam took root, grew, and was institutionalised on the island during the period of Ottoman rule. Historically, the two primary Muslim organisations in Cyprus are the Evkaf, and the Müftü. Prior to the departure of Turkish Cypriots from their villages, either during the period of conflict in the 1960s or after 1974, there were 102 mosques in the south as well as four tekes and 148 cemeteries. There are no institutions of higher education that offer training for imams and other religious professionals in the south. While no Islamic festivals are recognised in the south, all Islamic festivals are recognised in the north. The media operate freely in the south, though local media sources do not publish or air informative content about Islam.

Keywords: imams; Islamic festivals; mosques; Muslim organisations; Muslims in Cyprus



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