Islam in the Czech Republic

Brno Mosque in the Czech Republic

According to the 2010 census, there are around 3500 Muslims in the Czech Republic (less than 0.1% of country's population), compared to 495 in 1991. In 2016, there were an estimated 20,000 Muslims in the Czech Republic representing 0.2% of the country's population.[1]

History

First documented visit of a person with knowledge of Islam was made (964-965) by Íbrahím ibn Jaqúb, a Jewish merchant from then-Muslim Spain. His memoirs were later published to become one of the first accounts about Central Europe in Islamic world.

During both sieges of Vienna, reconnaissance groups of Ottoman armies reached Moravia. Strong trade links between Austria-Hungary and Ottoman Empire emerged during the 19th century.

Traditionally, influence of Islam on culture of Czech lands has been small.