Annotated Legal Documents on Islam in Europe: Czech Republic


This volume of Annotated Legal Documents on Islam in Europe covers the Czech Republic and consists of an annotated collection of legal documents affecting the status of Islam and Muslims. The legal texts are published in the original Czech 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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Doc. Damián Němec, dr (2008), Palacký University Olomouc (Czech Republic), is Professor of Canon Law and of Religion Law at that university and scientific researcher at the Trnava University in Trnava (Slovak Republic). He is the author of Concordat Agreements between the Holy See and the Post-Communist Countries (1990–2010) (Peeters, 2012).

Zora Hesová, Ph.D. (2016), University of Sarajevo, is assistant professor at the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences. She focuses on Muslim integration in Europe, secularism, and religious movements.
Foreword by the Editors

General Introduction

1 Status of Religious Communities
 1.1 Constitutional and Legal Guarantees
 1.2 Legal Recognition of Churches and Religious Societies
 1.3 Legal Persons Established by Registered Religious Communities
 1.4 Religious Communities as Associations

2 Relations between the State and Islam
 2.1 Introduction
 2.2 The Legal Basis for the Muslim Communities in the Czech Republic
 2.3 Other Muslim Communities
 2.4 General Provisions on Islamic Foundations (waqf)

3 State Support for Islamic Religious Communities

4 The Islamic Community of the Czech Republic

5 Muslims and the Law on Issues of Social Integration
 5.1 Introduction
 5.2 International Protection of Foreigners
 5.3 The State Strategy for the Integration of Foreigners
 5.4 Stay in the Czech Republic
 5.5 Obtaining Czech Citizenship

6 Mosques and Prayer Houses

7 Burial and Cemeteries

8 Education and Schools

9 Further and Higher (Tertiary) Education

10 Islamic Chaplaincy in Public Institutions

11 Employment and Social Law

12 Islamic Slaughter and Food Regulation
 12.1 Islamic Slaughter
 12.2 Islamic Food Regulations

13 Islamic Goods and Services

14 Islamic Dress

15 Criminal Law
 15.1 The Penal Code
 15.2 The Act on the Criminal Liability of Legal Persons

16 Family Law
 16.1 Private International Law
 16.2 Marriage
 16.3 Divorce
 16.4 Czech Family Law and Islam
 16.5 Children

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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