Course to Teach Imams About Cohesion

March 23, 2009

Author: Riazat Butt

Source: The Guardian

A course to help classically trained imams use their skills more effectively in the UK has been launched in Cambridge, with its first students enrolling in September.

The one-year diploma in contextual Islamic studies and leadership is aimed at helping imams to be more responsive to the values and needs of British-born Muslims and better placed to deal with issues of cohesion, doctrinal radicalism and exclusion.

Its 19 compulsory modules include understanding UK law and government, religious pluralism, Islam and gender, and managing mosques and charitable institutions.

The Cambridge Muslim College, which has no formal affiliation with the historic university, was set up specifically for the diploma. Its founder, Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad, is the Shaykh Zayed lecturer of Islamic Studies in the faculty of divinity at Cambridge University and director of studies in theology at Wolfson College.