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This chapter provides an up-to-date account of the situation of Muslims in Switzerland. Switzerland is a secular state but, under the Constitution, the Swiss state recognises both Catholicism and Protestantism as official religions and relations with religious communities are based on the fundamental rights to freedom of religion and philosophy and to equality before the law. In general, no Swiss laws exist that directly interfere with any Islamic obligation. Switzerland has registered more than 100 mosques and/or prayer halls. There are a few university chairs in Islamic studies, but they do not present a contemporary view of the Islamic world, concentrating more on the historical, civilisational and sometimes political aspects. Only occasional courses at Lucerne University and Fribourg University present a more contemporary picture. In 2007, the Swiss Council of Religions (SCR) was established for contributing to the maintenance and promotion of religious harmony and freedom in Switzerland.

Keywords: Fribourg University; Lucerne University; Muslims; Swiss Council of Religions (SCR); Switzerland



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