The Austrian Islam Law between Religion and Security
doc. Dr. iur. Harald Christian Scheu, Mag. Phil., Ph.D., Police Academy of the Czech Republic in Prague, Department of Public Law

The article deals with the relation between religion and security from the perspective of the Austrian Islam Law of 2015. The author shows how this law aimed at regulating the exercise of religion deals with the problem of public security. First, the genesis of the new Austrian Islam Law is briefly present in a broader historical context. Then the author points at relevant security issues contained in the Islam Law. In the last part of the study, he analyses a draft amendment of the Islam Law which has been presented by the Austrian government in December 2020.

Key words: Religion, law, political Islam, security, Austria, foreign funding, discrimination