Edited By Ednan Aslan and Zsofia Windisch
Johan Meuleman: Educating for an Old Profession in a New Context: The Imam Training Programme of Inholland University, the Netherlands
223 Johan Meuleman E d u ca t i n g fo r a n O l d P ro fe s s i o n i n a New Co n te x t : T h e I m a m Tra i n i n g P ro g ra m m e o f I n h o l l a n d U n i ve r s i t y , t h e Ne t h e r l a n d s I n d r o d u c t i o n This paper discusses the Imam training programme of Inholland Uni- versity of Applied Sciences, which forms a unique endeavour, from various perspectives, to educate students for the Imam profession in the new context of a contemporary Western country. For this reason, its discussion is considered a valuable contribution to an international conference on possibilities, impossibilities, and existing experiences re- lating to the training of Imams and teachers in Islamic education. The main part of this contribution examines four fundamental as- pects of the Inholland Imam training programme. These are, firstly, the partnership it is based upon and, secondly, the structure and con- tents of its programme. The third aspect, like the first, primarily relates to organization and cooperation. It is the interreligious framework of 224 Johan Meuleman the programme. The fourth aspect, like the second, basically relates to contents. It is the combination of transmission of knowledge of facts, tenets,...
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