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An unfamiliar Aspect of Islam in Europe
A call for the return of Muslim properties in Eastern Europe – Vienna Conference ends with a final declaration.
All to often the civil and social aspects of Islam embodied in the network of Islamic trusts and endowments (awqaf) have unfortunately remained a background phenomenon in comparison to the media exposure generated by social unrest and by a purely political view of organised Islam in Europe. One of the few exceptions to this rule may be found in the recently concluded conference in Vienna. The conference on “Islamic Pious Trusts (Auqaf) in Eastern Europe” – organised by the Islamischen Glaubensgemeinschaft (IGGi – Islamic Religious Community in Austria) together with the European Islamic conference (EIC) – concluded on 4th December with a joint final declaration.