Books about Islam, including the Quran, have been confiscated by border guards at the Sarpi customs checkpoint on the Turkish–Georgian border, according to an annual report by Georgia’s Public Defender.
Georgia’s Ministry of Education has said it’s unfortunate a dispute over a teenager being prohibited from wearing a hijab to school has been interpreted as a restriction of religious freedom.
A 14-year-old Muslim girl from eastern Georgia’s Kakheti region has been told she must take off her hijab while at school. While the headteacher of the school in the village of Karajala insists the covering is prohibited under school rules, the teenager’s family says she is being deprived of the right to religious freedom.
Muslims from the village of Mokhe in southern Georgia’s Adigeni Municipality claim they are facing threats from the local Christian authority. Archimandrite Nikoloz Getsadze of Zarzma Monastery warned Muslims to stay away from a disputed building claimed by both local Christians and Muslims, at a spot which muslims used to pray every Friday, local Muslim Tamaz Beridze told OC Media. [Read more…]
The authorities of southern Georgia’s Adigeni District have began sealing off the ruins of the ‘disputed building’ in the village of Mokhe, which has been claimed both by local Christian and Muslim communities. Georgia’s National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation told OC Media that the building is being prepared to undergo conservation. [Read more…]
At the end of July, Chechen authorities reported on the progress of the Commission on the Reunification of Broken Families. They said that ‘in a short time’ they had managed to reunite 240 divorced couples. However, some experts say that such a commission could only work with the help of professional psychologists and NGOs, to get to the real root of family conflicts. [Read more…]
Salakh Mezhiyev, the head of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Chechnya said on 24 April that there would be no other branches of Islam present in Chechnya, except Sunni Islam. He alleged that the Iranian embassy in Russia distributed missionary literature in order to recruit new followers in its ranks.
A mosque in the village of Shamkhal, several kilometres north-west of the Daghestani capital of Makhachkala, was closed because according to official documents, the building should be a shop, authorities claim. Local worshippers have been prevented from entering the building for over a month. [Read more…]
The Salafi community and Sufi Council of Elders in Pankisi Valley, northeast Georgia, agreed to cooperate on 14 June and to work together on issues in the valley. [Read more…]