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This chapter provides an up-to-date account of the situation of Muslims in Latvia. Latvia is a constitutionally secular republic with no state religion, though Lutheran and Orthodox Christians nominally constitute the majority of the population. The Latvian Islamic Community includes the Islamic Information Centre and a prayer hall and is headed by Zufar Zainullin. It is the main Muslim organisation in the country and is dominated by Russian speaking Muslims. Optional religious education is part of the state schooling system. There are no rules restricting Muslim dress in public or for pupils in schools. There is no regular Muslim print media in Latvia, though ethnic minorities, among them those of Muslim background, do occasionally publish brochures and pamphlets with sections related to Islam.Sabantuj is an annual several-day gathering of Tatars and Bashkirs with festivities.

Keywords: Latvian Islamic Community; Muslim print media; Muslims in Latvia; religious education



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