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Plenary session 2013 - the outcomes of the German Islam Conference.

The plenary session of the German Islam Conference (DIK) convened on 7 May 2013 in Berlin for the final time in the current legislative period. The plenary sessions in 2011 and 2012 were concerned primarily with issues of legal and religious integration, the training of imams and promoting gender equality. The focus of the 2013 plenary session is on work to prevent social polarisation.

DIK launches initiatives to tackle social polarisation

The German Islam Conference launched an initiative tackling this topic on 7 May 2013. The "Prevention Work with Youth" working group which has met regularly since 2010 has developed key areas for project support primarily in the area of youth work. The focus of this initiative is the phenomena of anti-Muslim prejudice, anti-Semitism, and Islamism, meaning religious extremism. A support group set up by the DIK will ensure that the key areas are also taken into account in these programmes in a practical way. In addition to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, this group also includes the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, the Federal Agency for Civic Education and the Robert Bosch Stiftung. 

Dialogue has been effective

The German Islam Conference has fulfilled its work programme in the three key areas that were decided upon by the plenary session in 2010. In order to achieve its objective, the DIK met a total of 40 times during this legislative period in project groups, working groups and committees. In addition, there were also the plenary sessions, public conferences and associated events including a competition on the theme of integration and a youth competition organised by the German Islam Conference.

The results of this work make it clear that dialogue within the German Islam Conference has been effective and that it has also been possible to tackle controversial or sensitive issues successfully on a practical level. We must not forget the many procedures that the German Islam Conference has raised, expedited and shaped.

DIK produces concrete results

The central measures and outcomes produced by the German Islam Conference during this legislative period are:

Key area I: "Promoting institutionalised co-operation"
  • Supporting the introduction of Islamic religious studies at state schools throughout the country, by means of the Conference and publishing "Islamischer Religionsunterricht in Deutschland – Perspektiven und Herausforderungen" [Islamic religious studies in Germany - perspectives and challenges].
  • Supporting the introduction of Islamic theology courses at state universities
  • Developing a guideline for training imams in German culture and language based on training programmes introduced since 2011 throughout Germany at a local level.
  • Supporting the exchange of experience between the state and Muslims on issues of co-operation based on German religious constitutional law.
  • DIK study "Islamic community life in Germany"
Key area II: "Gender equality as a common value"
  • Declaration against domestic violence and forced marriage
  • Assistance for multipliers in Muslim groups in dealing with role-related questions
  • Professional conference "Muslims and the labour market: supporting diversity, using potential more effectively"
  • “Better integration of Muslims into the labour market” publication
  • Integration competition for model projects by and with Muslims
  • Youth competition "Success stories" to promote a more positive attitude in reporting on Muslims in Germany
Key area III: “Preventing extremism, radicalisation and social polarisation”
  • Declaration against social polarisation
  • "Working together against social polarisation" initiative
  • Professional conference entitled "Anti-Muslim prejudice - phenomenon and counter strategies"

Additional Information

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Funding initiative against social polarisation

The German Islam Conference wishes to prevent social polarisation. Therefore, increased support will be given to projects that counteract anti-Muslim prejudice, anti-Semitism and religious extremism amongst Muslim youth.

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Project funding: "Working Together against Social Polarisation"

Paper: Key areas for youth work in providing support for the prevention of social polarisation presented by the German Islam Conference

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