Imam Training Programs in the Netherlands: Historical Diversity, Contemporary Trends, and Future Prospects

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Abstract

Dutch researcher and academic Wilmoet Boender begins by examining the Imams’ training programs in the Netherlands and emphasizing the citizenship of Muslims. The Netherlands hosts roughly 800,000 Muslim citizens, serviced by around 500 mosques. These mosques employ Imams, half of whom are managed by the Turkish Permanent Committee for Religious Affairs, which employs and directs them. Others follow the Turkish “Milli Görüş” movement, while about fifty mosques are under the sway of the Sulaymaniyah movement. Moroccan mosques represent a substantial fraction of the total, where most attendees speak the Arabic and Tamazight languages.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPathways to Forming Religious Leadership in Europe
Subtitle of host publicationImams and Female Guides in the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark
EditorsOmar al-Bashir al-Turabi
Place of PublicationBrussels
PublisherAl Mesbar Studies & Research Center
Pages69-90
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022

Bibliographical note

In its 184th monthly book, released April 2022 and titled Pathways to Forming Religious Leaders in Europe: Imams and Female Guides in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Denmark, the Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center continues its exploration of European Islam.

Keywords

  • Imams
  • Imam training
  • Netherlands

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