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This chapter provides an up-to-date account of the situation of Muslims in Estonia. The total number of nominal Muslims in Estonia in 2009 could be as high as 4,500, but regularly practising Muslims would hardly exceed several hundred. The majority of Estonia's Muslims are settlers and descendants of settlers from the Soviet period, when scores of people from the then Soviet Central Asian republics moved to the Baltics. Estonia is a secular republic with no state religion or dominant faith. Traditionally, Estonians were Lutherans, but today only a small percentage of the Estonian population identify with the Lutheran faith. The imam of the Estonian Islamic Congregation officially serves as an imam in the Estonian armed forces and is occasionally invited to prisons or hospitals to perform rites.

Keywords: Estonian Islamic Congregation; Estonian Muslims; imam



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