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This chapter provides an up-to-date account of the situation of Muslims in Austria. It presents essential data with basic statistics with evaluations of their reliability, surveys of legal status and organisations. At the last census in 2001, the biggest group of Muslims in Austria were Turkish citizens, followed by Austrians, Bosnians, Yugoslavs, Macedonians and Iranians. There are five mosques with minarets in Austria but only in the mosque at the Integrationshaus in Innsbruck, a home for refugees run by the Catholic Church, is the minaret also used for the adhān. Islamic education is taught in Austria in 2,109 schools by 381 teachers. For three decades, a section of the main Vienna cemetery has been reserved for Muslims and approximately 500 burials have taken place there. The Islamic chaplaincy service is provided and governed by the IGGiÖ and the chaplains are selected by the IGGiÖ Supreme Council.

Keywords: burials; Islamic chaplaincy; Islamic education; mosques; Muslims in Austria



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