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Austria Passes Reforms to 1912 Islam Law

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The Austrian parliament has approved controversial reforms to the country’s century-old Islam Law.

Austria Passes Reforms to 1912 Islam Law

Soeren Kern | Gatestone Institute | February 27, 2015

The Austrian parliament has approved controversial reforms to the country’s century-old Islam Law (Islamgesetz) governing the status of Muslims in the country.

The new law, which was passed on February 25, is aimed at integrating Muslims and fighting Islamic radicalism by promoting an “Islam with an Austrian character.”

Among other changes, the new law seeks to reduce outside meddling by prohibiting foreign funding for mosques, imams and Muslim organizations in Austria. It also stresses that Austrian law must take precedence over Islamic Sharia law for Muslims living in the country.

The Austrian government says the new law is a milestone and could serve as a model for the rest of Europe. But Muslim groups say it is discriminatory and have vowed to challenge it in court.

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