Annotated Legal Documents on Islam in Europe: Denmark


This volume of Annotated Legal Documents on Islam in Europe covers Denmark and consists of an annotated collection of legal documents affecting the status of Islam and Muslims. The legal texts are published in the original Danish language while the annotations and supporting material are in English. By legal documents are meant the texts of legislation, including relevant secondary legislation, as well as significant court decisions. Each legal text is preceded by an introduction describing the historical, political and legal circumstances of its adoption, plus a short paragraph summarising its content. The focus of the collection is on the religious dimensions of being Muslim in Europe, i.e. on individuals' access to practise their religious obligations and on the ability to organise and manifest their religious life.

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Niels Valdemar Vinding, Ph.D., Islamic Studies, is postdoc at the University of Copenhagen where he is researching Islam and Muslims in Denmark and Europe, in particular imams and mosques. He recently published Exploring the Multitude of Muslims in Europe. Essays in Honour of Jørgen S. Nielsen (Brill 2018), as author and co-editor.
Foreword by the Editors

General Introduction
A General Framework of the Danish Model of Regulating Religion
The Specific Case of Islamic Communities in Their Danish Context
The 2016 ‘Agreement Paper’ and the Recent Legislative Agenda

1 Status of Religious Communities
 1.1 Constitutional Framework and Guarantees
 1.2 Legal Recognition of Churches and Religious Communities
 1.3 Registered Religious Communities
 1.4 Religious Communities as Associations

2 Relations between the State and Islam
 2.1 Introduction
 2.2 General Provisions Relevant to Religion

3 State Support for Islamic Religious Communities

4 Islamic Community

5 Muslims in Integration Law
 5.1 Legal Residence for Religious Personnel
 5.2 Public Sanction List against Religious ‘Hate Preachers’
 5.3 Ceremonies Celebrating New Citizens

6 Mosques and Prayer Houses
 6.1 Proposals to Ban Minarets and Mosques
 6.2 Proposal to Ban Prayer Rooms

7 Burial and Cemeteries
 7.1 Cemeteries
 7.2 Other Religious Funerals and Burials

8 Education and Schools
 8.1 Religion in Compulsory Education
 8.2 Religious Education
 8.3 Private Schools

9 Further and Higher (Tertiary) Education
 9.1 Imam Training in Public Tertiary Education

10 Islamic Chaplaincy in Public Institutions
 10.1 Schools
 10.2 Hospitals
 10.3 Prisons
 10.4 Confidentiality

11 Employment and Social Law
 11.1 Non-discrimination
 11.2 The Ghetto Plan
 11.3 Social Inclusion Efforts by the Police Authorities

12 Islamic Slaughter and Food Regulation

13 Islamic Dress
 13.1 Scarves and Religious Headwear
 13.2 Judges in Courts
 13.3 The Ban on Face Covering

14 Criminal Law
 14.1 Criminalising Explicit Approval
 14.2 Illegal Coercion
 14.3 Hate Crimes

15 Family Law
 15.1 Marriage and Divorce
 15.2 Children
 15.3 Mediation

16 Concluding Remarks

Academic and practising lawyers, legislators and government officials, as well as researchers working on Islam and more generally on religion and state in Europe.
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