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1. Geography
2. Political situation
3. Economy
a. Figures
4. Health
5. Education
a. Universities
6. Demographics
7. Religions
a. Freedom
8. Peoples
9. Languages
10. History
11. Cities and Towns

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Index / Religions / Freedom
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Religious freedom

There is no constitution for Palestine, the basic laws defines Islam as the state religion, and secure religious freedom. Still, the basic principles of Sharia (Muslim law) are included in the legislature.
There are distinct courts for Muslims and Christians in matters of personal status, that is matters like marriage and inheritance. From this it comes that a Muslim woman in Palestine cannot marry a non-Muslim man.
Christians in Palestine have claimed to suffer many forms of discrimination, largely from Muslim groups and individuals and not the state. In October 2007, Rami Ayyad, the manager of the only Christian bookstore in Gaza, was abducted and murdered. Still, most recent reports agree that coexistence is largely good.
Many Christians have emigrated from Palestine.

By Tore Kjeilen