[lg policy] Austria: Law Tightens Rules for Muslims, requires use of German translation of the Quran

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Thu Feb 26 16:01:17 UTC 2015

By REUTERS FEB. 25, 2015

Parliament on Wednesday passed a law that seeks to regulate how Islam
is administered, singling out Austria’s Muslim minority for treatment
not applied to any other religious group. The law bans foreign funding
for Islamic organizations and requires any group claiming to represent
Austrian Muslims to use a standardized German translation of the Quran.
It met with little opposition from the overwhelmingly Roman Catholic
population and was grudgingly accepted by Austria’s main Muslim
organization.  But it upset Turkey’s state religious establishment.
Austria’s half a million Muslims make up about 6 percent of the
population and are overwhelmingly the families of Turkish migrant
workers. Many of their imams are sent and financed by Turkey’s religious
affairs directorate.


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