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Islam in Germany on the rise
08 Apr 2000 02:11:10
April 8, 2000
Adventist Press Service (APD)
Christian B. Schaeffler, Editor-in-chief
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CH-4003 Basel, Switzerland
Islam in Germany on the rise: More than three
million Muslims, one in ten holds a German
Soest, Germany. The number of Muslims in
Germany has risen above the three-million-mark, it
numbers now 3,040,000. Most of them are Turkish,
but one in ten holds a German passport. Only
11,000 are German by descent; the others have
acquired the citizenship.
According to a survey by the "Central Institute
Islam Archives" in Soest, more than 800,000
Muslims in Germany are minors. The desire to have
Islamic Religious Education (RE) in public schools
is getting stronger. Nearly 98 per cent of all
Muslims are in favour of such a subject; the
figure has risen by 14 per cent in the last three
In addition, they want to keep up Islamic
instruction in Koran schools connected with
mosques and prayer houses. Several of the 16
German federal states responsible for education
- are considering the introduction of Islamic
education in schools alongside the Christian
subject. The protestant and catholic churches
would not oppose such a move, as long as Islam is
taught in German and in keeping with the official
guidelines for religious education.
According to the survey, the religious life of
Muslims in Germany is intensifying. The number of
places of worship has nearly trebled in the last
three years. In 1997, there were 26 mosques; today
there are 66. 30 more are being built.
In addition there are 2,200 prayer houses each
equipped with a Koran school. About 56,000 Muslim
children attend Islamic instruction at these
schools, about seven per cent of all minors. Two
thirds of all Muslims in Germany regard religious
dialogue with Christians as very important. [A
contribution of the Evangelical News Agency
"idea"; Reporter: Wolfgang Polzer]
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