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This chapter provides an up-to-date account of the situation of Muslims in Serbia. Muslims are one of the traditional religious communities that have been present in Serbia for centuries. Serbian Muslims are almost all Sunnis following the Hanafi school of Islamic law. The Constitution of Serbia states that religious communities are equal and separate from the state. The most important Islamic organisation in Serbia is the Islamic Community in Serbia (Islamska zajednica u Srbiji) with its headquarters in Novi Pazar, headed by the chief mufti Muamer Zukorlic. Religious education in public schools was introduced in 2002 following joint lobbying by the Orthodox Church and other churches and communities, including the Islamic community. The two 'Ids/Bayrams are the two main Muslim festivals in the country. Most Muslim cultural events take place in Sandžak, which is the centre of both religious and cultural life.

Keywords: Islamic community; Muslims; Sandžak; Serbia; Sunnis

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