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This chapter provides an up-to-date account of the situation of Muslims in Norway. Norway is a social-democratic welfare state with a state church whose status in the Constitution is currently being reviewed. The Islamic Council of Norway, founded 22 October 1993, is the umbrella organisation. The political authorities have gradually established regular communication with the Islamic Council, and since 2007 the Council has also received a financial grant from the government which enables the Council to pay a full-time general secretary. Several funeral agencies around the country offer assistance to Muslim funerals. ’Id al-Fitr and ’Id al-Adha are celebrated by Muslims throughout Norway. Interreligious dialogue is commonly regarded as rather well-established in Norway. Since 1993, the Islamic Council in Norway has taken part in regular bi- and multilateral dialogues with other faith and life stance communities in Norway.

Keywords: ’Id al-Adha; ’Id al-Fitr; interreligious dialogue; Islamic Council; Muslims; Norway



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