International Virtual Symposium


The discipline of Islamic Religious Education is organising the International Symposium on Islamic Organisations in Europe and their Notions of Education which will take place between June 25th and 26th 2021.

The presence of Muslims in Europe raises a range of challenges involving domestic politics and local societies. The growing number of Muslims and mosques in Europe, as well as a significant increase in Muslim pupils and students attending state schools, now pose novel and unanticipated issues in the political, economic and legislative spheres. Recent Muslim immigration to European countries increases the pressure on politicians to establish new strategies for the integration of Muslim minorities. Such methods to date have primarily involved regulatory measures but this approach has proven to be unsustainable and seems to have failed to address the reality of the European context.
Furthermore, Islam’s presence in Europe also challenges Muslims to redefine and reinterpret their religion in response to the context of their new societies. This, in turn, provokes both intensive inner reflection and innovative intercultural dialogue since it presses Muslims to rethink the role that their religion plays in their lives.
Islamic organisations in Europe play a vital and essential role in the integration process by ensuring that adolescent Muslims feel part of Europe and embrace a pluralistic and secular vision of society.

The focus of the symposium will be on European Muslim educational institutions and initiatives  encompassing diverse preschools, elementray and high schools, Qur’an schools, boarding schools, and universities, which have been established in line with notions of education among Muslim populations. These structures have become increasingly more visible and have thereby attracted public scrutiny.


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