German state to begin training imams next year

The German state of Lower Saxony will begin training its own Muslim clergy next year an official said Monday.

The course will be the first ever for German-language imams and will be similar to theology-degree courses for Catholic priests, Lutheran ministers and Jewish rabbis at public universities.

The state is funding the courses because local training for imams is vital to the integration of Muslim immigrants into German life, DPA reports.

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