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This chapter provides an up-to-date account of the situation of Muslims in Portugal. Portugal has a small Muslim population which has grown mostly since decolonisation in 1974. The Religious Freedom Act governs the role of the imam, equating imams with Roman Catholic priests in terms of legal status, and providing for the possibility of setting up specific training institutions. Muslims take part in two television programmes on the public channel RTP2, in which the presentation time is divided according to the numerical strength of the communities. Portuguese Muslims look back on a long tradition of interreligious relations, the latter having already been informally established between leading figures of various different religious minorities under Portuguese colonial rule in Mozambique.

Keywords: interreligious relations; Mozambique; Muslim; Portugal; Religious Freedom Act



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