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This chapter provides an up-to-date account of the situation of Muslims in Belarus. Islam came to the territory of modern Belarus in the fourteenth-fifteenth centuries. Islam in Belarus today, however, is not only represented by Tatars but also by as many as 32 ethnic groups. The Republic of Belarus is now a secular state; there is no state religion, and religious freedom is guaranteed in the Constitution. Shortly before the end of the communist period there was only one Muslim organisation in Belarus. Belarusian Muslims undergo imam training abroad. Islamic festivals are not public holidays. Islamic family law norms can be followed unofficially as long as they do not conflict with current legislation. In 2008, the Interethnic Advisory Board was created under the Commissioner for Religious and Ethnic Affairs. The Muslim community in Belarus is not big enough to be the subject of broad public debates.

Keywords: Belarusian Muslims; Islamic family law; Islamic festivals; Muslim organisation

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