Juan Ferreiro Galguera: Training Centres for Imams in Spain
257 Juan Ferreiro Galguera Tra i n i n g Ce n t r e s fo r I m a m s i n S p a i n The issue of Imam training centres in Spain refers to three concepts which we are going to develop: university studies in Spain, religions existing in the country (Islam in Spain) and clerical training (Imam training centres in our country). Let’s have a quick overview of the first two concepts so we can then refer more adequately to Imam training centres U n i v e r s i t y S y s t e m i n S p a i n As everywhere, the Spanish university system includes public and pri- vate universities. There are 51 public universities (one of them is an open university –UNED-), two of which are international (Menendez Pelayo and International University from Andalucía), 17 private uni- versities (one of them is an open university: Oberta de Catalonia), and 7 universities belonging to the Catholic Church. 258 Juan Ferreiro Galguera Religions are also entitled to establish private universities. Spanish law (according to the Cooperation Agreements of 1992 and Organic Law 6/2001 of December 21st) gives denominations which have signed Cooperation Agreements in 1992 the possibility of creating universi- ty centres for theological studies where their religious ministers can be trained and receive state-recognized certification. So far, only the Catholic Church has university theology centres, but the Spanish gov- ernment is obliged under the...
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