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This chapter provides an up-to-date account of the situation of Muslims in Poland. The presence of Muslims in Poland goes back to the turn of fourteenth/ fifteenth centuries when some Tatars were settled in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The republic of Poland is a secular state and various acts of parliament regulate relations between the state and the main religions organisations. The Muzulmanski Zwiazek Religijny (MZR), as a religious organisation operating under an act of parliament, has the right to teach religion in public schools and its teachers are paid by the state. Qurban Bayram ('Id al-Adha) is celebrated by MZR members in one of the north-eastern locations and is a public event. Ramadan Bayram ('Id al-Fitr) has generally been celebrated more privately, though the LM has started the practice of organising a so-called Wieczór ramadanowy (Ramadan evening), an iftar for representatives of Muslim communities and invited non-Muslims.

Keywords: Muslims; Muzulmanski Zwiazek Religijny (MZR); Poland; Qurban Bayram; Ramadan Bayram; Wieczór ramadanowy



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