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This chapter provides an up-to-date account of the situation of Muslims in Moldova. The impact of Islam on the history of Moldavia increased particularly under the influence of the Ottoman Empire, which annexed extensive areas in the eastern part of the principality in the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries. Moldova is a secular state with no state religion. The Constitution guarantees freedom of conscience and religion. People of Muslim ethnic background are entitled to express and develop their cultural and religious identity under the Law on the Rights of People Belonging to National Minorities and the Legal Status of their Organisations No. 382-XV of 19 July 2001. There are no Islamic theological institutes in Moldova. The ethno-cultural associations of the Azeris, Uzbeks, Tajiks, Turkmens, etc. organise impressive annual spring festivals.

Keywords: Islam; Moldova; Muslim



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