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This chapter provides an up-to-date account of the situation of Muslims in Spain. The 1978 Constitution defines the Spanish state as following a principle of non-confessionalism, which guarantees religious freedom and establishes cooperative relationships with representatives of religious denominations. In 1992, on the occasion of signing the Cooperation Agreement with the Spanish State, the Islamic Commission of Spain was created, with the de facto union of the two major Muslim federations: the Spanish Federation of Islamic Religious and the Union of Islamic Communities of Spain. The only Islamic school in Spain is the Umm al-Qura school, which forms part of the Madrid Islamic Cultural Centre complex. Since the 1970s, numerous activities related to Muslim-Christian dialogue have been held. Many of them have had the implicit support of the Spanish Catholic Church, following the principles of the Second Vatican Council.

Keywords: Muslims; Spain; Umm al-Qura

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