In Cooperation with Sedef Sertkan and Zsófia Windisch
Edited By Ednan Aslan and Margarete Rausch
APPENDIX (CONFERENCE OPENING WELCOME ADDRESSES)
A P P E N D I X ( CO N F E R E N C E O P E N I N G W E LCO M E A D D R E SS E S ) 335 O p e n i n g Ad d re s s : I n t e r n a t i o n a l Co n fe re n ce “ I s l a m i c Re l i g i o u s E d u ca t i o n i n S e c u l a r S o c i e t i e s” Dear participants in our International Conference! Taking into con- sideration the importance of the issue that we are here to discuss and the experience that we have accumulated during the past two decades in the development of solidarity and community building, and the unification of Muslims, with particular attention to Islamic education in secular so- ciety, I would like to stress that the Constitution of independent Ukraine guarantees Muslims the right to maintain their religious observance. The first mosque in the capital city built recently is an example that clearly demonstrates the attitude of secular society toward Muslims of Ukraine. This is the result of considerable effort to develop good relations and mu- tual trust. The Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Ukraine and the Islamic University, which are both registered as legal entities, have existed for 20 and 19 years,...
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