The International Workshop on Islamic Religious Education in Europe
Islamic Religious Education in Europe has become a subject of intense debate and a particular challenge for politics and society today. With growing Muslim population in Europe over 25 million by 2020 and recent influx of immigrants, it has become the utmost need to provide Islamic education programs to Muslims as part of the right to receive equal educational opportunities. This need is being addressed through different policies and programs across Europe. While most of the debate surrounds the public funding of Islamic Education, each nation in Europe has a particular approach due to the political and cultural textures they have. The public funding and state-regulated Islamic Religious education programs can be seen as an attempt to shape the spiritual beliefs of Muslims. On the other hand, private institutions can be seen as a threat in the context of extremism amongst Muslim youth. Such impetus compels states to either provide standardized education, which might be overbroad and insufficient, or to forgo the religious education entirely, as it is the case in France for example. However, there are countries which allow private institutions which provide Islamic education. The main differentiation occurs between opting confessional or non-confessional education when teaching Islam. Above all, training of Islam teachers and imams has become necessary and highly controversial as there are cases where they are funded and sent from the country where the Muslim community originates from. Our international workshop on Islamic Religious Education in Europe seeks to present the current structure and legislation in Europe and reveal findings from explorative research while presenting a comparative account of differences from country to country along with many of the debates that have arisen around the subject within the European framework.
Date of the Workshop
15-16 July 2021
Abstracts Submission Deadline 31 April 2021
Acceptance Notification 15 May 2021
Full Draft Paper Submission 15 June 2021
For more Information: Turkish Center for Global and Area Studies erbakan.edu.tr/tiga
Abstracts and Short Bios are required to be sent to: [email protected]
Please note that in case the global pandemic conditions are not suitable for a face-to-face event, we may shift from in-person to virtual meeting via digital platforms. Lunches and accommodation are provided. There is no participation fee.
The Organizing Committee
Prof. Muhiddin OKUMUŞLAR
Prof. Branislav RADELJIC
Assoc. Prof. Gökhan BOZBAŞ
Asst. Prof. Şeyma AKIN
Muhammed Said TOPAL