January 22, 2014
Hundreds of Catalan children travel each year to Gambia to study the Koran and Arabic. These children between 7 and 17 years old may be between six months to five years in madrasas (Islamic schools). The goal is for their children to maintain the traditions and religious and cultural ties to the home community.
27 August 2013
Catalonian police has now to control all women wearing burqas. “The Catalan police is convinced that the existence of a woman covered with a niqab or a burka can be indicative, along with other elements, of an environment of radicalization or of a Salafi vision of Islam”, say the government sources. The Parliament approved on July 18, a motion under public safety arguments, that forbiddens face covering in public spaces.
09 July 2013
A number of imams coming from Morocco landed at El Prat airport on Monday night to lead the prayers of the Catalan Islamic community during Ramadan. They were presented at the Grand Mosque in Terrassa, the largest in the country.
The presence of foreign Imams is normal for this time of the Islamic calendar and through them the 300.000 Muslims of Catalonia have the opportunity to discover the reality of other countries.
9 October 2012
The CiU (Catalan Parlamentary Group) has demanded “urgent and definitive” measures for the mosque that operates provisionally at Fortuna Street, in the city of L’Hospitalet, as reported in a statement.
The mosque operates in a temporary tent and, according to the nationalist federation is “not ready or qualifies to accommodate the large number of people that comes together every Friday in the area to pray.”
28 July 12
On Friday, July 17, 2012 at Badr mosque, the Muslim Community of Terrassa hosted an Iftar, attended by representatives of various organizations in the city, representatives of some political parties, administration and Catalan police.
The Union of Islamic Cultural Centers of Catalonia (UCCIC)-currently coordinates
some 70 mosques and oratories of Catalonia, and the NousCatalans Foundation/CDC have agreed, “to facilitate the granting of licenses to build a large mosque in Barcelona
to fight and isolate the fundamentalist movement that spread in small
oratories.” The agreements also provides for” improving the current situation of some
oratories to avoid situations of conflict. “Both entities have agreed to “the organization and representation of Muslims in Catalonia through democratic elections to enable the Muslim community to have valid and representative interlocutors, to promote the training of imams in Catalonia, a training that responds to the values of Cataluña, promoting dialogue and coexistence as tools for participation in Catalan society and building a
common future in Catalonia and to enable burial spaces according to Muslim ritual.”
They also agreed to “promote dialogue, visits and meetings with Catalan institutions, the
Halal certification procedure, the quality assurance process applied to food,
products and services according to Halal Standards and other pre-documents and work
for the creation in the near future of the Catalan Council of Muslim Faith grouped
by a democratically elected board and voted and representative of all
Muslims in Catalonia ”
The Federation of Islamic Council of Catalonia Cultural asked all Catalan municipalities to enable the Muslim prayers outside the mosque, where they did on 1st of April a special prayer to invoke the rain (Salat Istiska) in this community.
For this reason, the Islamic council has asked all municipalities in Catalonia “to facilitate religious spaces for occasional use presented by the request of the Muslim community in the town to celebrate this act of solidarity.”
The new Catalan government has announced the modification of the Law of places of worship. This reform eliminates the obligation for the city councils to set aside spaces for a religious use. The Catalan nationalist right party (CiU), now in charge of the government, always has showed their objections to the obligatory reserve of urban spaces for a religious use. The Law of places of worship was approved on 2009 by the left coalition government and it was developed during 2010. The Law had a triple objective: to facilitate the exercising of the right to freedom of worship, to provide support to city councils when guaranteeing this right and, lastly, to ensure adequate conditions with regards safety and hygiene in places of worship.
The Spanish Parliament has rejected a motion to ban the burqa and niqab in public places. The motion was presented by the right-wing party (Partido Popular), with the support of CIU (Convergencia i Unió), a Catalan, right-wing, nationalist party.
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Area of Expertise: Sociology of religion
Gloria received her degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Granada in 2004. Currently, she is PhD candidate at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and member and researcher of the ISOR (Research on Sociology of Religion), a group directed by professor Joan Estruch. Gloria has also carried out short periods of research at the Università degli Studi di Padova (Italy) and the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) as an invited researcher. In 2006 she obtained a Diploma in Advanced Studies at the Autonomous University of Barcelona with the work “Nous musulmans a Catalunya. Una minoria activa dins l’islam” (about the Catalan associations of converts to Islam). Currently, Gloria is in the process of completing a PhD dissertation on Muslim death practices and rituals and their accommodation within Catalan society.