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The German Islam Conference’s programme of work – ambitious and with a practical focus

The plenary meeting of the German Islam Conference approved the programme of work for the second phase of the Conference (DIK) on Monday 17 May 2010.

Building on the results of the first phase in which, above all, the Islam Conference dealt with basic issues and worked out legal conditions, the focus now lies on implementing and embedding the Islam Conference in society. The Conference wishes to concentrate on three major issues:

1. Establishing institutionalised co-operation between state and Muslims

The German Islam Conference (DIK) will concentrate on establishing institutionalised co-operation between state and Muslims and their organisations based on German religious constitutional law. This will particularly involve setting up and expanding theological Islamic programmes at state universities and offering training and further training to Islamic ministers of religion (including imams) and other multipliers in Islamic communities. In this context, the Conference recognises that it needs representative data about Islamic communities and Islamic ministers of religion working in Germany. It is also planned to have a nationwide exchange of knowledge and experience relating to the introduction of Islamic religious studies.

2. Gender equality as a common value

As part of this area, the Conference wishes to consider the question of accessing the labour market and the difficulties associated with it e.g. wearing the headscarf,  and also look at role models with a patriarchal influence. The Conference wishes to find routes as to how affected Muslim women can recognise and assert their rights more effectively. Moreover, an analysis will be made of how violence and force, which are not considered reconcilable with Islam by the Muslims participating in the Conference, can be more effectively suppressed.

3. Preventing extremism, radicalisation and social polarisation

To achieve peaceful and respectful cohesion, phenomena, which can be combined under the contentious term Islamism or religious extremism, on the one hand and xenophobic and racist attitudes towards Muslims on the other, should be actively combated. Islamophobia should not gain ground unchallenged. The programme of work states that promoting tolerance towards Muslims is essential for social cohesion. The Conference wishes to break down prejudices and negative stereotypes through preventive work with young people and parents.

You can find the full programme of work here:

Conclusions of the plenary held on 17 May 2010. (pdf, 144 KB)

German Islam Conference editorial team 17.05.2010

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