Mircea Botescu: The European Dobrudjan Islam: A Curricular Perspective on the Education of Imams in Romania
241 Mircea Botescu T h e E u ro p e a n D o b r u d j a n I s l a m : A C u r r i c u l a r Pe r s p e c t i ve o n t h e E d u ca t i o n o f I m a m s i n Ro m a n i a In my article I would like to present to you the educational approach- es aimed at training Imams in the framework of the Muslim commu- nity in Romania. The Muslim community has been living in Romania since the twelfth century and is privileged with the religious freedom provid- ed by the Romanian state. Muslims, who number about 67,000, live primarily in the southeast part of Romania. They live harmoniously with the Christian majority, as well as other ethnicities and religions. This model of mutuality is based on tolerance and respect and is tra- ditionally called the Dobrudjan Islamic model. These values were in- herited from the Ottoman Empire and can also be found in Islamic religious principles. In the 19th century, when the Turkish and Tatar Muslims were the majority in Dobrudja, the Muslim mayor of Med- gidia contributed substantially to the building of a church. A similar 242 Mircea Botescu sense of religious harmony can be found today when Christian may- ors of Dobrudjan towns contribute to the building of mosques and minarets....
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