Annotated Legal Documents on Islam in Europe: Switzerland


This volume of Annotated Legal Documents on Islam in Europe covers Switzerland and consists of an annotated collection of legal documents affecting the status of Islam and Muslims. The legal texts are published in the original German, French and Italian 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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Raimund Süess, MLaw (2007), was assistant at the Institute of Law and Religion and is doctoral candidate, both in the Faculty of Law of the University of Fribourg. His dissertation project in history of law focuses on censorship in Old Bern. He works as editor of legal books at a publishing house in Zurich. René Pahud de Mortanges, Ph.D. (1987), University of Fribourg/Switzerland, is Professor of Legal history and Law and religion. He has published monographs and (co-)edited many books on both topics, including Religionsrecht. Eine Einführung in das jüdische, christliche und islamische Recht (Schulthess, 2010).
Foreword by the Editors General Introduction 1. The Fundamental Right to Religious Freedom 2. Legal Recognition of Churches and Religious Communities 3. Religious Communities as Associations 4. Muslims in Integration Law 5. Naturalisation 6. Islamic Priests and Prayer Houses 7. Burial and Cemeteries 8. Education and Schools 9. Islamic Chaplaincy in Public Institutions 10. Labour Law 11. Islamic Slaughter 12. Islamic Dress 13. Criminal Law 14. Family Law 15. Private International Law Bibliography Index
Academic and practising lawyers, legislators and government officials, as well as researchers working on Islam and more generally on religion and state in Europe.