The Rise of Right-Wing Parties Highlights the Precarious Status of Italy’s Muslims

Members of the Muslim community pray during Eid al-Adha in the Parco Dora, Turin, Italy, September 1, 2017 (Sipa photo by Mauro Ujetto via AP).
Members of the Muslim community pray during Eid al-Adha in the Parco Dora, Turin, Italy, September 1, 2017 (Sipa photo by Mauro Ujetto via AP).

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing series about religious minorities in various countries around the world. In early February, a month before Italy’s inconclusive elections, the leader of the far-right party the League, Matteo Salvini, called for the closure of all “illegal” Islamic centers, declaring that “Islam is incompatible” with Italian values. The rise of Islamophobia in Italy has coincided with an anti-immigrant backlash to the migrant crisis that saw just under 120,000 immigrants arrive in the country in 2017 alone, many of them Muslims from Africa and the Middle East. But the question of unregistered Islamic […]

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