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Strategies of adaption and dissociation
Islamic missionary groups from South Asia in the European diaspora – the Tablighi Jama’at and the Da’wat-i Islami

Islamic Training Institutes in Germany
links to Training Institutes in the Middle East and Europe

Between participation and disengagement
The Muslim minority and its schools in South Africa and Europe

Islamism, the Reform of Islam, and Civil Religion in France

„Pioneers of 'Euro-Islam'“?
The role of Muslim women in the Milli Görüs. Crossed views: Germany-Turkey

The Ahmadiya in Germany
Areas of conflict between Islamic identity and secular embedment


Islamic Training Institutes in Germany

And their Links to those in the Middle East and Europe

, Centre for Modern Oriental Studies

Zentrum der Tablīghī Jamā'at in Dewsbury, GB

Melanie Kamp studies the transmission of Islamic religious knowledge in Germany. Starting from the basic assumption that religious ideas and their transmission are largely influenced by the conditions under which religion is practiced, she examines continuities and new developments in Islamic teachings and teaching traditions, and asks about the European synthesis of religious ideas that might emerge. She takes into account that German Muslims participate in Islam’s discursive tradition, which is not of necessity limited to the geographical and political borders of Europe. In this context she also considers the transnational dimension of Islam as a world religion.

The project focuses on the private Islamic training institutions and circles that came into being in the mid-1990s. In the initial stage of the project information will be collected on these private initiatives in order to provide an overview. Two or three institutes will be selected in a second stage and studied in more detail. Of special interest here is, on the one hand, the teaching material itself, and on the other, the teaching and learning experiences of teachers and students, their personal motivations and aspirations, and their understanding of a European Islam or, more precisely, of being Muslim in Europe. For this purpose interviews will be conducted with teachers and students. Finally, Islamic teaching institutions in the Islamic world and other European countries of significance to the German institutes will be included in the study as a means of selectively exploring their integration into Islamic teaching and learning traditions.

The project contributes to ongoing debates on the creation of training institutions for Islamic higher learning, such as university chairs of Islamic theology. The debates revolve mainly around institutionalising Imam training and the training of teachers for Islamic religious instruction classes in public schools. The training of Imams and Islamic religious scholars is often seen as a preliminary condition for the development of a more German or European Islam, whereas the transnational links of Muslim organisations and Imams trained in Turkey and the Middle East, who are not familiar with the German social environment, are perceived as an obstacle to the social integration of Muslims into German society. The private training institutes and circles examined in this project will most probably continue to exist despite efforts to create Islamic university institutions. Similar to countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, private and state university institutions, private schools (madrasas), institutes and scholars will coexist in the field of Islamic religious learning. The project aims at furthering the understanding of this emerging private sphere of education as a sign of an increasing religious infrastructure.


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