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New structure of the German Islam Conference

In its second phase, the German Islam Conference will be organised in a more practical way. This will also be reflected in the new structure.

As in the first phase, the plenary session will have equal representation from governmentand Muslim members. There will be state and Muslim representatives at the plenary session, plus the Federal Minister of the Interior, Dr Thomas de Maizière, as the host. There will continue to be one plenary meeting a year.

New: the preparatory task force

A new feature is the task force that prepares the plenary meetings. This task force replaces the four working groups from the first phase of the German Islam Conference (DIK). The task force will convene project groups to address specific issues. It will meet every two months.

New: project groups on a specific topic

In order to create a more practical focus,  flexible project groups working to a defined time schedule can be convened, that each address a specific topic. In order to be able to implement the outcomes from the German Islam Conference more effectively in real-life situations in future, the German Islam Conference will be linked more closely with decision makers in the Länder and local authorities.

New topics for the German Islam Conference

The central issue for the German Islam Conference remains improving the integration of Muslims in Germany. This encompasses issues of structural integration, such as promoting co-operation between the German state and Muslims based on the principles of the German religious constitutional law. This includes, for example, gradually establishing Islamic religious studies lessons in schools, Islamic theological courses at universities and offering state-funded training and further education of imams.

However, it also includes promoting social cohesion in Germany, which will continue to be a central issue for the German Islamic Conference. This will particularly involve the issue of gender equality and the prevention of extremism and social polarisation.

DIK-editorial team, 12.05.2010

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