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Islamic associations demand lists of names from liberal theologians

Dusseldorf - Islamic associations are apparently demanding that the North Rhine-Westphalian state government issue a list with the names of all Islamic teachers in public schools. The associations justified their step with the fact that many teachers are currently teaching without a license, as Die Welt reports.

Various Islamic scholars suspect, however, that the request was an attempt to force liberal theologians out of teaching. In Germany, teaching permits are traditionally issued by the mostly conservative Islamic associations.

Islam classes have existed in the state since 2012
In June the case of the liberal Islamic scholar Abdel-Hakim Ourghi, who teaches in Freiburg, hit the headlines after it became known that his teaching permit had not been extended. "Because I stand up for a secular and liberal Islam, they want to get rid of me," Ourghi told Die Welt at the time, referring to the Islamic associations.

Islamic religious instruction has been offered in North Rhine-Westphalia since 2012. The country is shaping it in cooperation with the Islamic associations. Almost 22,000 schoolchildren in the Rhine and Ruhr regions are currently receiving Islamic religious instruction. In May, the state government announced that it would organize Islamic classes differently in the future.

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