About the Department

With the founding of the Institute for Islamic-Theological Studies in the Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies at the University of Vienna on 01.01.2017, an important institutional framework was created for the establishment of Islamic Theology and Islamic Religious Education in research and teaching, as well as in the training of the next generation of religious experts in Austria. The department grew out of the merging of the research platform of the Institute for Islamic Studies with that of the Institute for Islamic Religious Education, which until then had been based in the Center for Teacher Education at the University of Vienna.

The founding of the Department for Islamic-Theological Studies was meant to promote Islamic-theological and Islamic religious-pedagogical teaching and research. The networking of research activities, the promotion of cooperation, and the filling of gaps in knowledge are very important goals for us. In the process, considerable emphasis will be placed on the scientific education of the next generation of religious experts (men and women Islamic theologians, Islamic religious scholars, and Islamic spiritual caregivers) and Islamic religious educators. To promote the interdisciplinary integration of Islamic theological studies, the teaching staff of the institute will also contribute their expertise to the various curricula of the University of Vienna.

Islamic Religious Education in Austria

Islamic instruction has been offered in public schools in Austria since the school year 1982/83. This is a peculiarity, which is directly related to the fact that Islam has had a legally recognized status since 1912. Austria is considered a model in this regard. Instruction takes place in German. Approximately 69,000 Muslim students currently participate in Islamic religious instruction, which is taught by roughly 550 teachers in around 2,400 locations in Austria.

Since 1998, cumpulsory school Islamic religious education teachers have been trained to offer Islamic religious Instruction in compulsory schools in the Private Study Program (IRPA), which now cooperates with the Kirchlich Pädagogische Hochschule (KPH) of Vienna/Krems.

Since the winter semester of 2006/07, secondary school Islamic religious education teachers have been studying at the University of Vienna in the Master's Program "Islamic Religious Education."

Islamic Religious Education at the University of Vienna