8 February 2013
Inholland College has announced that it will close its program offering professional training to become an Imam. The college attributes the closure to budget cuts, stating that with an enrollment of 150 students the course requires considerable supervision and resources. Established in 2006 as a means for cultivating Islamic leaders integrated into the country. The program has been partly subsidized by the government. Students currently enrolled in the program will be permitted to finish. Amsterdam’s Vrij Universiteit offers a masters degree to become an Islamic spiritual leader.
22 June 2012
The public prosecution of Amsterdam will not bring chartes against Haitham al-Haddad for comments made during a debate in the city this spring. The event replaced a symposium at the city’s Vrij Universiteit, cancelled following commotion over al-Haddad’s presence. Anti-Islam campaigner Ehsan Jami called for legal action against al-Haddad, a British-Palestinian expert and controversial figure. Jami’s accusations were based on Al-Haddad’s comment that Sharia law prescribes the death penalty for ex-Muslims. The Amsterdam public prosecution declined to charge al-Haddad, stating that he had not committed any offenses because the conditions which he outlined for applying the death penalty clearly could not occur in the Netherlands.