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Belgium to create imam school
Cat : Religion
Date : 2006-11-09 12:57:56                      Reader : 268
Imams. Also those licensed Muslim Associations and centers can help in defining school materials. Of course Belgium Muslims of European origin  will also help.


UPI.COM 9/11/2006

Belgium to create imam school

BRUSSELS, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Belgium plans to set up a school for imams by the end of the academic year to offer civic training to the Muslim spiritual leaders.

The school, requested by the Muslim Executive in Belgium, will be run by a mufti, an Islamic scholar who is an interpreter or expounder of Islamic law.

The mufti will not be allowed to issue any fatawa -- which would normally be one of his privileges -- because such decrees would violate Belgian law, the government said.

A similar structure exists in France, the Expatica news service reports.

A Belgian professor will give civic training in both French and Dutch, and 15 trainers from Morocco, Turkey and Egypt will give training in Arabic, Turkish and Urdu, the national language of Pakistan.

The school will be subsidized by the Belgian government, which seeks to control the foreign financing of Belgian mosques to reduce outside ideological influences on Belgian imams.

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