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This chapter provides an up-to-date account of the situation of Muslims in Italy. Italy is a secular republic with no state religion. Roman Catholics nominally constitute the majority of the population and the Catholic Church enjoys privileges, stemming from the sovereign status of the Vatican and its historical political authority. As Italy's Muslim community mainly consists of immigrants and various groups that are not ethnically homogeneous, scattered across diverse geographic areas, there are many Muslim organisations that represent only a fraction of Muslims living in the country. Places of Islamic worship in Italy are mainly 'garage' mosques, while there are only three 'great mosques'. Most interreligious events in Italy take place between Muslim communities and the majority religion of the country, the Catholic Church; this is also due to the presence of the Vatican in Rome, where many international interfaith meetings are hosted.

Keywords: Italy; mosque; Muslim community

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