Islam in Belarus

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Mosque in Navahrudak.

Islam in Belarus has long history. It was introduced into the lands which now constitute Belarus by Lipka Tatars in the 14th -16th centuries. Today, there are 45,000 Muslims in Belarus representing 0.5% of the total population.[1]

Modern times[edit]

In 1994, the First All-Belarusian Congress of Muslims was held. As a result, the Muslim Religious Community of the Republic of Belarus was founded. Ever since it has been headed by Dr. Ismail Aleksandrovich.

In 1997 there were 23 communities including 19 of those in the Western regions of Belarus.

Belarus is the only country in Europe to have jailed a newspaper editor for publishing the Danish cartoons of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. On January 18, 2008, Alexander Sdvizhkov was jailed for three years for 'incitement of religious hatred'.[2]

There are approximately 30 members belonging to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, asect banned in Belarus among 19 other religious traditions.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20070312091331/http://belarus.vneshintourist.net/?p=67&more=1&c=1
  2. ^ Norris, Harry (2009). Islam in the Baltic. I.B. Tauris: London. p. 130. ISBN 978-1-84511-587-6
  3. ^ "Ahmadiyya Muslims among Banned Religious Organisations". UNHCR. November 4, 2003. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 

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