Request to increase the number of teachers of Islam in Melilla

24 May 2012
Coalition for Melilla (CPM), the main opposition party constituted by a Muslim majority, called today for an increase in the number of Islamic religious teachers who teach in inner cities of Melilla, since the actual number does not cover the demand for this type of education.
At a press conference, the Deputy Mohamed Abdelrrahim CPM noted that currently there are eleven teachers of Islamic religion, though it would be necessary to reach 20.

Islamic theology in Germany poses great challenges to universities

13 August 2010
Calls for an Islamic theology in Germany are growing ever louder. But the challenge that this represents is underestimated not only by politics, but also by Christian theologians and cultural scholars, writes theologian Klaus von Stosch. Ever since the German Science Council published its recommendations for “Islamic Studies” at German universities, the desire to see a German Islamic theology appears to have become a common cause for all the major political parties in our country. Islamic theology and its attendant infrastructure for the education of Islamic religious teachers and imams is apparently viewed by many as the magic formula for the integration of Muslims living in Germany.
But the institutions are not necessarily prepared for this major project. The author claims that it will not be easy for German universities to overcome the challenges. They will only succeed if a competition of various academic institutions can be organised in the medium-term, thereby allowing for the possibility of trying out a number of different models. In this context attention must be paid in the first instance to the promotion of young blood in the field of Islamic theology, because at present there are virtually no eligible German-speaking Islamic theologians for the study field to be established.

Islamic theology in Germany poses great challenges to universities

13 August 2010

Calls for an Islamic theology in Germany are growing ever louder. But
the challenge that this represents is underestimated not only by
politics, but also by Christian theologians and cultural scholars,
writes theologian Klaus von Stosch. Ever since the German Science
Council published its recommendations for “Islamic Studies” at German
universities, the desire to see a German Islamic theology appears to
have become a common cause for all the major political parties in our
country. Islamic theology and its attendant infrastructure for the
education of Islamic religious teachers and imams is apparently viewed
by many as the magic formula for the integration of Muslims living in
Germany.

But the institutions are not necessarily prepared for this major
project. The author claims that it will not be easy for German
universities to overcome the challenges. They will only succeed if a
competition of various academic institutions can be organised in the
medium-term, thereby allowing for the possibility of trying out a number
of different models. In this context attention must be paid in the first
instance to the promotion of young blood in the field of Islamic
theology, because at present there are virtually no eligible
German-speaking Islamic theologians for the study field to be established.

New Master Degree in Islamic Religious Education: Only four matriculations

The University of Osnabruck has started to educate Islamic religious teachers through its Master program Islamic Religious Education (Islamische Religionspedagogik). However, only four students have enrolled this year. 20 applicants from Turkey were rejected since they didn’t fulfill the entrance requirements.