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This chapter provides an up-to-date account of the situation of Muslims in Netherlands. After the Dutch East Indies and Surinam achieved independence, a large number of immigrants came to the Netherlands from those countries. The Netherlands does not have a state religion nor does it have a policy of officially recognising religious denominations. There have been several attempts by both Muslims and the Dutch to establish a single representative body for all Muslims in Netherlands. The general policy framework on mosques is usually set by the state, but its implementation is a local matter and this means that there are wide variation between municipalities. There are no demands by Muslims for the establishment of Islamic family law. Interreligious dialogue, in the sense of planned and/or organised forms of communication between two or more persons with different worldviews, is a long-standing tradition in the Netherlands.

Keywords: Islamic family law; mosque; Muslims; Netherlands

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