Islam in Serbia

Islam spread to Serbia during the five centuries of Ottoman rule. The Muslims in Serbia are mostly ethnic Bosniaks, Albanians and minor but significant part of Roma people as well as members of the smaller ethnic groups Muslims by nationality and Gorani.


According to 2011 census, there were 228,658 Muslims in Serbia (3.1% of total population, excluding Kosovo). Largest concentration of Muslims in Serbia could be found in the municipalities of Novi Pazar, Tutin and Sjenica in the Sandžak region, and in the municipalities of Preševo and Bujanovac in the Preševo Valley.

Muslims in Serbia (excluding Kosovo)
census 1921[1] census 1991 census 2002 census 2011
Number % Number % Number % Number %
Muslims 97,672 2.23 224,120 2.89 239,658 3.2 228,828 3.1

Ethnic groups


Adherents of Islam in Serbia are organized into two separate bodies, one subordinate to the Islamic Community of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the other, founded in 2007, traces its origins to the Principality of Serbia.[2] In 2012, the reis-ul-ulema Mustafa Cerić of Bosnia published a fatwa against Adem Zilkić, categorizing his actions as Masjid al-Dirar.[3]

The Islamic Community of Serbia (Islamska zajednica Srbije), with seat in Belgrade, is administered by reis-ul-ulema Adem Zilkić. It is divided into:

The Islamic Community in Serbia (Islamska zajednica u Srbiji), with seat in Novi Pazar, is administered by mufti Muamer ef. Zukorlić, which include:


  2. "Zilkić ponovo izabran" (in Serbian). Radio Television of Serbia. 13 February 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  3. "Reakcije na fetvu protiv reisa IZ Srbije" (in Bosnian). Al Jazeera Balkans. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
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