Imams ‘made in Germany’: country’s first Islamic training college opens its doors


Imams ‘made in Germany’: country’s first Islamic training college opens its doors

Germany has launched a state-backed training center for imams to help reduce the number of Islamic leaders coming in from abroad, but the initiative has been shunned by leading Turkish groups.

Around 40 aspiring religious leaders attended their first classes at the German College of Islam in the north-western city of Osnabrück on Monday, with the official inauguration. The center’s two-year imam training program will be taught with the help of some 12,000 books imported from Egypt.

Open to holders of a bachelor’s degree in Islamic theology or an equivalent diploma, it offers practical teaching in the recitation of verses from the Koran, preaching techniques, worship practices and politics.

With between 5.3 and 5.6 million Muslims in Germany – around 6.4 to 6.7 percent of the population – the role of Islam in society occupies a prominent place in political discourse. The new training center is being partly funded by the federal government, as well as local authorities in the state of Lower Saxony.

Chancellor Angela Merkel first spoke in favor of training imams on German soil in 2018, telling parliament it “will make us more independent and is necessary for the future”.

Until now, the vast majority of imams in Germany have been trained abroad, mainly in Turkey, and are also paid by their home countries. The rest come mainly from North Africa, Albania and the former Yugoslavia. These religious leaders tend to come to Germany for four or five years, some on tourist visas, and know very little about the local culture and customs.

Source: The Local Germany

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