Ibn Sina Islamic Culture Research Foundation

Islamic religious education in Germany: challenges, solutions, new horizons

P. Kazaku

2017 Nov 28

Abstract

Religious education in schools is one of the forms of the religion's presence in a civic society. Although religious education of students in one country is inimitable due to constitutional, legal, cultural, ethnic, social and political circumstances, referring to this experience is quite useful.

The experience of Germany is of strategic meaning for Russia. Similarly to Germany, Russia is a multiconfessional state. Like in Germany, there is a real threat of youth radicalisation in Russia. Therefore, following the German example, Russia should develop a complex long-term strategy to prevent religious radicalisation of Muslim youth through religious education in schools. Such radicalisation is fuelled not so much by social issues (unemployment, marginalization of certain religious and ethnic groups) as by external ideological infusions within the framework of spiritual and outreach activities conducted by religious communities. The development of this strategy will be much more efficient if we learn from others’ mistakes and experience.

Imprint

Kazaku P. Islamic religious education in Germany: challenges, solutions, new horizons / ed. Yu. Averyanov. – М.: ООО Sadra, 2018. – 352 p. – [Religion in the modern world].