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This chapter provides an up-to-date account of the situation of Muslims in Ukraine. The number of Muslims in Ukraine is the subject of a certain amount of speculation. The history of Islam in Ukraine is related to the history of the expansion and development of the religion in the Crimean peninsula. Ukraine is a secular state where religion is separated from the state and the education system. The main Ukrainian Muslim organisations fall into three categories: spiritual boards, charitable organisations and political organisations.Oraza-bayram ('Id al-Fitr) and Qurban-bayram ('Id al-Adha) are celebrated communally at Islamic centres, and privately. The leaders of Muslim spiritual centres are members of the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organisations created in 1996 in Kiev. This is a representative interfaith consultative body which initiates meetings with high-ranking officials to discuss various issues of religious life in Ukraine.

Keywords: Muslims; Oraza-bayram; Qurban-bayram; Ukraine



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