Germany Universities Train Islam Teachers

February 2, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Islam Online

A German academic advisory council has suggested that those who teach Islam at schools should hold a university theology degree as a minimum qualification, a proposal welcomed by the government and others.

"More than four million Muslims live in Germany and their children have a right to be taught their religion at school," Peter Strohschneider, head of the German Council of Science and Humanities, told reporters following release of their new report on Monday, February 1.

The report says Germany has 700,000 Muslim pupils who would need 2,000 Islam teachers if all states offer religious education for them.

"The teachers for these classes must receive academic training," Strohschneider said.