Islam in Moldova

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There is a small community of Muslims in Moldova, numbering several thousand.[2]

In 2005, the Spiritual Organisation of Muslims in Moldova headed by Talgat Masaev was denied registration despite the appeal of the Mission to Moldova of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.[3]

In March 2011, the Islamic League of Moldova (Liga Islamica din Moldova), an NGO representing Moldova's Muslims, was registered by the Moldovan Justice Ministry as the first legally recognized Muslim association in Moldova. It had applied for registration in 2008.[4]

The Moldovan Orthodox Church opposed the recognition of Islam and joined protests with conservative groups.[5]

As of 2011, officially there were just 2,000 Muslims in Moldova. But the Islamic League of Moldova head Sergiu Sochirca said the number was closer to 17,000, though not all of them were registered as Muslims due to suppression of Islam in the past.[6]


  1. ^ Pew Forum, 2011-01 report
  2. ^ US department of state
  3. ^ Forum 18 Search/Archive
  4. ^ Moldovan Muslim Leader 'Disappointed' By Anti-Islamic Remarks
  5. ^ Conservatives Angered By Moldova's Recognition Of Muslims
  6. ^ Moldova's Government Considers Revoking its Formal Recognition of Islam

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