Libya
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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Sunni

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Sunni Muslim (91.2%)

Features Of Constitution

Is there a constitution?3 temporary, transitional
Does the constitution state an official religion?3 yes [Article 1]
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3 yes [Article 1]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes [Article 6]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 2011
Last Amended3 2012
Source3 Constitute Project
Translation3 Source is an English translation.
Current as of3 September 7, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Preamble

In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate

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... in the spirit of Islam ...

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Article 1.

... Islam shall be [Libya’s] religion and Islamic Shari’a shall be the main source of legislation. The State shall guarantee for non-Muslims the freedom to practice their religious rituals. ...

Article 6.

Libyans shall be equal before the law, enjoy equal civil and political rights with, have the same opportunities in all areas and be subject to the same public duties and obligations, without distinction on the grounds of religion ...

Article 7.

The State shall ... strive for the promulgation of new covenants which recognize the dignity of man as Allah’s representative on earth.


Sources

1.  The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Government Religious Preference (GRP) measures government-level favoritism toward, and disfavor against, 30 religious denominations. A series of ordered categorical variables index the state's institutional favoritism in 28 different ways. The variables are combined to form five composite indices for five broad components of state-religion: official status, religious education, financial support, regulatory burdens, and freedom of practice. The five components' composites in turn are further combined into a single composite score, the GRP score. The RCS Data Project would like to acknowledge, recognize, and express our deepest gratitude for the significant contributions of Todd M. Johnson, the principal investigator of the World Christian Database, the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database, and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia series.

2.  The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Demographics reports annual estimates of religious demographics, both country by country and region by region. It estimates populations and percentages of adherents of 100 religious denominations including second level subdivisions within Christianity and Islam. The RCS Data Project would like to acknowledge, recognize, and express our deepest gratitude for the significant contributions of Todd M. Johnson, the principal investigator of the World Christian Database, the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database, and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia series.

3.  Text from country constitutions was copied from primary documents obtained online using a variety of sources, including the Constitute Project, World Constitutions Illustrated, and government sources. When the text was in a language other than English, it was translated to English by ARDA staff or with web-based translation utilities such as Google Translate. Emphases were added to the text by ARDA staff to differentiate religious content from non-religious content. Text is current to the date listed in the "Current as of" field shown above. Please contact us at support@thearda.com if you are aware of any incorrect information provided on this page.

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