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This chapter provides an up-to-date account of the situation of Muslims in Albania. It presents essential data with basic statistics with evaluations of their reliability, surveys of legal status and organisations. Albania is a secular parliamentary republic, in which the state guarantees freedom of religious belief. The Constitution of Albania recognises the equality of all religious communities and the state is neutral in questions of faith. The Muslim Community of Albania is the largest Sunni Muslim organisation in Albania, and is recognised by the state as a national organisation. In 2007, the MCA reported that some 498 mosques existed in the country. As of 2009, this number has increased to 520. Religious education was prohibited in Albania under Communism, and religion was attacked in the educational system. The state recognises two Sunni religious festivals as national holidays in Albania.

Keywords: mosques; Muslim community of Albania; religious education; religious festivals; Sunni Muslim organisation



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