Religion in Cyprus

Led by Mete Hatay
Jan 2018 -

Apart from long-term work on the Muslim community in Cyprus, the project also incorporates work on issues related to coexistence and religion, as well as regarding new and minority religions in the island, many of which are related to migration. UN Special Rapporteur Heiner Beilefeldt's 2012 visit to Cyprus highlighted the need to recognize the complex nature of religion in Cyprus today, which goes beyond a "bi-communalism" that recognizes only the Greek Orthodox Church and Islam as important actors in peacebuilding. This project assumes that any efforts at interfaith dialogue in the island must take into account the other indigenous religious communities in the island; migrant communities which have brought their own beliefs to the island; and in the island's north, the large secular element of Turkish Cypriot society which opposes public expressions of faith.

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