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Austria
News Date: 
08/06/2018
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The Austrian government is to order the closure of seven mosques and expel up to 60 imams in a crackdown on political Islam and Turkish nationalism, it has announced. “Parallel societies, political Islam and radicalisation have no place in our country,” Sebastian Kurz, the Austrian chancellor, said. Six of the seven mosques are being closed on suspicion of links to Islamic extremism.

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Egypt
News Date: 
18/02/2017
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It has been over two years since Mr Sisi, an observant Muslim, lamented that some of his co-religionists were becoming “a source of worry, fear, danger, murder and destruction to all the world”. He urged Egyptian clerics to push back against the jihadists of Islamic State (IS). Egypt itself was a victim, he said: angry Islamists have attacked the government and an affiliate of IS battles the army in Sinai. To combat such extremism, “a religious revolution” was needed, said Mr Sisi—and al-Azhar, the Sunni world’s oldest seat of learning, should take the lead.

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France
News Date: 
10/02/2016
Summary: 

George W. Bush and others have often emphasized that Islam is a “religion of peace.” Others view Islam as a "religion of the sword," and they include traditionalist-minded Muslims and mosques. This is evident after the French government recently raided Muslim houses of worship in the country and found “one third of the quantity of war-grade weapons that are normally seized in a year,” as Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve put it.

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France
News Date: 
16/12/2017
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A French court on Saturday issued orders to close down a mosque in Marseille city in southern France for allegedly "encouraging radicalism and violence", APA reports qyoting Anadolu agency. An administrative court in Marseille acted on a petition by Governor Pierre Dartout who asked the As-Sunna Mosque to be closed for six months. The court ruled that the religious official of the mosque "encouraged radical ideology, discrimination, and violence." So far, at least 19 mosques have been closed across France since a state of emergency was declared following the Nov. 2015 Paris attacks.

Country: 
France
News Date: 
03/10/2017
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The controversial law allows authorities to shut down mosques, carry out on-the-spot identity checks and expand border controls. Under the law, authorities are allowed to shut down mosques or other places of worship if preachers are suspected of spreading radical ideas and theories. Suspected jihadist sympathisers can also be confined to their neighbourhoods without the approval of a judge. Police can also carry out more on-the-spot identity checks and expand border controls to areas around international train stations, ports and airports.

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Angola
News Date: 
25/11/2013
Summary: 
  • Minister of culture described Islam as a 'sect' which is banned as counter to Angolan customs and culture
  • Nation's president said: ‘This is the final end of Islamic influence in our country'
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One problem is how to tackle Wahhabis and how to shut down their mosques. Politically, it is not possible. Muslims will go against this decision. I have thought a lot about it and I have come with this understanding that there is, in the Quran 9:107, a solution for the British government.

Country: 
Tunisia
News Date: 
27/06/2015
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Habib Essid, the prime minister, said on Saturday that the army would deploy reservists around resorts and archeological sites and would shut down mosques that were outside government control, accusing them of spreading venom.

See also:

http://www.dw.com/en/tunisia-to-close-80-mosques-following-terror-attack/a-18544478

Country: 
Italy
News Date: 
08/04/2017
Summary: 

A Mestre mosque frequented by three Kosovars allegedly planning to bomb Venice’s Rialto Bridge has been given three days to close, sources said Friday. The order was handed to the Bangladeshi clerics who run the mosque, informing them that its activity did not comply with its official use.

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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
08/04/2017
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Why is this mosque still open? Because that great warrior against “extremism,” Theresa May, wouldn’t dare offend Muslims by taking action against a source of incitement in the ongoing jihad against her country. “Westminster killer’s link to Luton mosque,” by Andrew Gilligan and Robin Henry, The Sunday Times, April 9 2017:

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