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This chapter provides an up-to-date account of the situation of Muslims in Macedonia. Macedonia's Constitution describes it as a secular republic with no state religion. The main Muslim organisation is the Skopje-based Islamic Religious Community in the Republic of Macedonia. Currently, there are around 600 purpose-built mosques, some from, the fifteenth century, of which 570 are regularly used. The main higher Islamic educational institution is the Skopje-based Faculty of Islamic Sciences, established in 1997 by the IRCM. Muslims have separate cemeteries in each town where they live. The main periodical is the monthly El Hilal, published in Albanian by the IRCM. Its main focus is on Islamic religion. Parliament has a Committee for Inter-Community Relations consisting of 19 members of parliament, of whom seven members each are from the ranks of the Macedonian and Albanian members, and one member each from the Turks, Vlachs, Roma, Serbs and Bosniaks.

Keywords: Islamic educational institution; Muslims in Macedonia; Skopje-based Islamic religious community



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