The new cooperative project of the Museum of Islamic Art and the Institute of Islamic Theology at the University of Osnabrück promotes further education for imams and other educational staff in mosques and was launched in October 2015. In view of the general absence of intercultural education in Muslim communities, the Museum of Islamic Art and the Institute of Islamic Theology have joined forces to initiate this cooperative project in order to develop innovative educational material. This material will be developed together with multipliers from the Muslim communities and will support the staff in mosques to amend their religious learning opportunities by the addition of an substantial intercultural learning opportunity. The content will focus on the rich cultural ties between Muslim countries and Europe dating back centuries and continuing today, as well as suggestions on how to value hybrid European-Muslim identities. The press release for the project is available here.
In this context the Museum of Islamic Art has participated in a 'brains trust’ organized by the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation to generate recommendations regarding Islamic extremism and Western hostility towards Islam. The publication contains a contribution from Prof. Dr. Stefan Weber, the director of the Museum of Islamic Art, on the role of intercultural education in debates surrounding Islam and can be found here.