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The Training of Imams and Teachers for Islamic Education in Europe

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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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Kevser Muratovic: The Relationship Between Imams and Adolescents: Do Imams Have to Show Pedagogical Skills in order to be a Contact Person for Young Muslims with Everyday Issues and Problems?

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349 Kevser Muratovic I n t r o d u c t i o n In this article the relationship between Imams and young people will be examined in more detail. In doing so, the relationship between youths and the ATIB Mosques of Vienna will be studied. The study makes use of mechanisms driven by explanatory strategies, which will help reconstruct social issues. For this I used the method of expert in- terviews, in which I interviewed two Imams from two mosques in Vi- enna and five youths altogether, aged 14–29. All the youths were pre- sent in one of the two mosques, and therefore they knew the Imams that I interviewed. Here, the interviews consisted of semi-standardized central questions, which I prepared based on my research question. T h e Re l a t i o n s h i p B e t we e n I m a m s a n d Ad o l e s ce n t s : D o I m a m s H a ve t o S h o w Pe d a g o g i ca l S k i l l s i n o rd e r t o b e a Co n ta c t Pe r s o n fo r Yo u n g M u s l i m s w i t h E ve r y d a y I s s u e s a n...

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