TAMAM – The mosque communities’ education project with the Museum für Islamische Kunst

With its teaching material, TAMAM opens a space for thought for young people, young adults and everyone who wants to participate. We do not give simple answers to complex questions, but encourage the participants to form their own opinions and to justify them. With the latest mediation media, we adapt to the usage behavior of the target groups and also enable the content of the project to be made accessible across Germany at a low threshold. With TAMAM, the Museum für Islamische Kunst  (Museum for Islamic Art) is opening up its educational efforts on the area of Islamic youth work and is simultaneously looking for the innovative connection between transcultural and political education.

The project has been publicized throughout Germany since November 2019. For this purpose, the new project team goes on business trips to visit as much mosque communities as possible nationwide and to present the materials on the one hand and to win multipliers for the workshops on the other. It was possible to visit mosque communities in the cities of Cologne, Munich, Stuttgart and Frankfurt on the Main and to attract interested parties.

Due to the corona pandemic, only one workshop could take place personally and other communities could not be visited. The project team reacted to this and was able to offer six online workshops from April to June 2020.

TAMAM ambassadors

In the format of the ambassador, multipliers who have already participated in TAMAM workshops should work in their area in the interests of the TAMAM project. The ambassadors visit the communities, present the TAMAM materials and the project and conduct a workshop on site in which the exercises with the young people are presented and carried out themselves.

Diversity of mosque communities in Germany

Muslims in Germany consist of numerous, quite diverse groups. The groups can differ according to religious orientation, ethnic origin, life plans and degree of religiousness. This is also reflected in the landscape of the mosque communities, because the mosques represent a broad spectrum of currents in Islam.

The TAMAM project tried to do justice to this diversity by working with multipliers from 13 different Berlin communities, Islamic associations and youth organizations with scientists from various disciplines for the development of TAMAM material. The TAMAM project is participatory which means that the mosques and the museum worked together on an equal footing and combined their respective knowledge and perspectives.

Mosque communities work in difficult conditions in Germany because unlike churches, for example, they are not (yet) officially accepted as religious communities what would give them some financial advantages. In community work, volunteers therefore take on important tasks in everyday life. Many of them are characterized by a high level of commitment and great motivation. The TAMAM project works with such multipliers because they play a central role in the communities. They develop and design their own teaching material that makes it easier for like-minded people in other communities to set up offers on art and culture.

Collection and objects as starting point

The starting point is the collection of the Museum für Islamische Kunst and its objects. The museum makes it clear that the arts and cultures of the Islamic countries and Western and Central Europe are inextricably interwoven. Long and close contact has created strong bonds. And the region of the Middle East itself is historically characterized by a high religious, cultural and ethnic diversity and by the ability to deal with this diversity.

These links can be read directly from the objects in the collection, which is a useful starting point for transregional cultural-historical and the migration-historical processes of the past and to transfer the constructive spirit of art history into current social processes:

  • Can a look into the past help shaping the future?
  • Do the images that we have of ourselves and others actually correspond to (art) history or do conceptions of identity have to be reconsidered?

Nationwide network

The TAMAM project has networked with a wide variety of Islamic institutions in Germany:

  • Islamische Föderation Berlin (IFB)
  • Union der islamisch-albanischen Zentren in Deutschland e.V. (UIAZD)
  • Islamische Gemeinschaft der Bosniaken in Deutschland e.V. (IGBD)
  • Türkisch-islamische Union der Anstalt für Religion ( DITIB)
  • Islamische Gemeinschaft Millî Görüş e.V. (IGMG)
  • Verband der Islamischen Kulturzentren e.V. ( VIKZ)
  • Zentralrat der Muslime in Deutschland e.V. (ZMD)
  • Akademie für Islam in Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft (AIWG)


The teaching material is available free of charge at www.tamam-projekt.de.

In February 2019, a free app has been released that employs Augmented Reality (AR) to present background information on selected objects in the collection.

Films of the TAMAM project

Carpet Restauration

Carpets are an important part of the collection of the Museum für Islamische Kunst (Museum for Islamic Art) ever since it was founded over one hundred years ago. Here you get to know how carpets are restored and preserved. Because the conservators exert themselves to preserve our human cultural heritage.

This video emerged form the TAMAM-Projectwww.tamam-projekt.de.

Length: 3:00 Minutes
Production: Museum für Islamische Kunst / Alexi Papadopoulos

Dealing with images in countries influenced by Islam

This video shows how images have been regarded in history by countries influenced by Islam. The video does not try to lead to a definitive conclusion of the issue. Definite conclusions here are probably impossible. However, let’s looking closer at that topic and notice how complex the issue is…

This video emerged form the TAMAM-Project: www.tamam-projekt.de.

Length: 3:40 Minutes
Production: Museum für Islamische Kunst / Stefan Matlik

Breaking-Fast Event at the Museum 

The TAMAM-project hosted the second annual breaking-fast event at the museum on the 24th of May 2018. The evening was all about youth culture. Young artists with Muslim backgrounds presented their artwork in the spectacular surroundings of the main exhibition. Kahlid Bounouar is a presenter, author an award-winning comedian. For him comedy is a way to share his experiences with others on stage. The ‘I, Slam’ collective originally started as a Muslim version of poetry-slam. This has grown into a country-wide platform for workshops in various types of art. To mark the Muslim feasting month, Ramadan, a rich buffet was served afterwards.

Length: 2:11 Minuten
Production: Alexi Papadopoulos

Project coordinators: Shirin Haacke, Çiğdem Binbay-Sakarya, Roman Singendonk
Patrons: Freunde des Museum für Islamische Kunst e. V.
Sponsors: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Beauftragte(r) der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Freunde des Museums für Islamische Kunst e. V.
Duration: October 2019 to December 2021