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The Training of Imams and Teachers for Islamic Education in Europe


Edited By Ednan Aslan and Zsofia Windisch

Following 9/11 and the growth of religiously legitimated violence in Islamic countries, the focus of public discussion moved to imams and teachers of religion as actors supporting Muslim isolation and the lack of willingness to integrate – imams became central figures in the debate on Islam. With great enthusiasm, politicians discovered them to be the scapegoats of a failed integration of Muslims in Europe. Integrated imams trained in Europe were to promote Muslim integration, prevent violence, resolve contradictions between society and Muslims and further Islamic enlightenment. With this objective an attempt was made, on the one hand, to rediscover the existing institutions for imam training in Balkan states and, on the other hand, to establish new educational institutions at European universities to train Europe-compliant imams. Due to their central role in the lives of Muslims, the training of imams and teachers of religion is given an important role in the process of Muslim integration.


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Vahidin Beluli: Methods of Professional Advancement for Imams and Islamic Studies Teachers in Austria (Translated from Albanian by Huseyin Abiva)


121 Vahidin Beluli M e t h o d s o f P ro fe s s i o n a l Ad va n ce m e n t fo r I m a m s a n d I s l a m i c S t u d i e s Te a c h e r s i n Au s t r i a (Tra n s l a t e d f r o m A l b a n i a n b y H u s e y i n A b i va ) T h e H i s t o r y o f I s l a m i n A u s t r i a T h e F i r s t A u s t r i a n E x p e r i e n c e s w i t h I s l a m The earliest official recognition of Islam in Austria dates back to the 1718 Treaty of Passarowitz under which Ottoman citizens residing in Habsburg lands were given the freedom to trade as well as other issues. They were also given the right to practice their religion in the privacy of their residences. With the occupation of Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1878 the Austro- Hungarian government was time confronted with ruling over a large a Muslim population for the first time. With the support and assis- tance Austro-Hungarian administration having...

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