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This chapter provides an up-to-date account of the situation of Muslims in Malta. The National Statistics Office (NSO) of Malta has never conducted a census that records the numbers of Muslims in Malta. Malta's Constitution establishes Roman Catholicism as the religion of the state, but provides for religious freedom. The main imam of the Islamic Centre is appointed by the WICS and his appointment is endorsed by the Maltese state. In 1984, the World Islamic Call Society (WICS) in Tripoli, Libya, established the Islamic Centre. In March 2009, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat (Malta) organised an interreligious event called Religious Founders Day. The relationship between the Maltese public and the Muslim community is, in general, unproblematic. Muslims enjoy a substantial degree of tolerance, without, however, being immune to some negative prejudice and racism.

Keywords: imam; Islamic Centre; Malta; Muslim community; World Islamic Call Society (WICS)

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