“Accommodation of religion or belief in the workplace within the context of current multicultural and religiously diverse European societies, in which Islam is prominent, has only recently become the subject of scholarly interest. Two main supranational legal frameworks for the protection of religious freedom in the workplace, namely the human rights laws of the Council of Europe (CoE) and the equality laws of the European Union (EU), as interpreted in the case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and a number of EU member states have been explored (…) Currently, there is an open debate as to whether the existing legal tools of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) (Aricle 9) and the EU Directive 2000/78/EC should be supplemented with the introduction of an explicit duty of reasonable accommodation in order to ensure more effective protection of the religious freedom of employees.”


In the latest issue of the Journal of Muslims in Europe Dr. Nedim Begović, Associate Professor and Vice Dean for Quality at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, University of Sarajevo, published an article entitled “Freedom of Religion in the Workplace: The European Court of Human Rights Decisions on Applications Made by Muslim Apellants”. The article analyzes the case law of the ECtHR on the accommodation of Islamic observances in the workplace. The author argues that the Court has so far failed to provide adequate incentives to States parties to the ECHR to meet the religious needs of Muslim employees in the workplace. In view of this finding, the author considers that the accommodation of Islam in the workplace should, as a matter of priority, be ensured within the national legal framework.


The Brill’s Journal of Muslims in Europe is dedicated to publishing articles that deal with contemporary issues on Islam and Muslims in Europe from various disciplines, as well as historical studies of relevance to the present. The journal is indexed in SCOPUS and, according to Scimago Journal & Country Rank, it was included in the quartile Q1, in the field of religious studies, for the periods 2013-2016 and 2018-2019.


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