Sunday, November 27, 2005

Education: Netherlands announce deal to train Muslim clerics

Dutch Minister for Immigration and Integration Rita Verdonk, and Dutch Minister for Education Maria van der Hoeven, have announced an agreement with five Islamic organizations, to set up a curriculum for Islamic sciences in order to educate and train Muslim clergymen at universities in the Netherlands

MEHRNEWS reports that students will gain prayer leader status after four years but can only serve in mosques and visit Muslims in hospitals or in prisons.