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.
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.