GERMANY: Course for Imams aims at integration

Osnabrueck University is paving the way for a growth in Islamic studies with the aim of better integrating Germany's four million Muslims into German society, reports Deutsche Welle.

Germany's first public higher education programme for Imams got under way at the University of Osnabrueck in northwest Germany last week. Thirty students are expected to attend the course

The course will train Muslim spiritual leaders over two semesters in German language skills, Islamic theology and religious education. Martina Blasberg-Kuhnke, Vice-president of the University of Osnabrueck, thinks the course can contribute to helping Muslim communities to integrate.
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