Cultural Preparation Event for Imams

May 7 Monday


May 7 - 11, 2018





From 7th till 11th May the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Turkey organized in cooperation with the turkish presidium for religious matters (Diyanet) a five day long, cultural orientation course for Imams.

Also available in Deutsch, Türkçe

124 Imams, who will be send to Germany to work with the Muslim communities there, participated at the event. The seminar prepared the religious teachers for their work in Germany with basic cultural knowledge.

The training provided an orientation for living and teaching in Germany as well as answered questions regarding the residence. Expectations, hopes and concerns of the Imams were discussed too. The program consisted of four elements: Politics, religions in Germany, German values and economy, migration, education and media and finally practical knowledge for everyday life.

The seminar focused on dealing with the socio-political environment in Germany. The participants considered questions like: The dialogue of religions – How do I behave as Imam in dealing with representatives of other religions? Which common projects can be developed? The Image of Islam – How does the public, politics and media react to the work in the mosques? How can prejudices be eliminated? Public outreach as Imam - How to work with different association, the youth and women? What is the day of the open mosque in Germany? The school and education system in Germany.

After an introduction about the work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the presentation oft he curriculum by the advisors the intensive seminar started. Methods like interactive lectures were employed. At the end of each block the participants engaged in a discussion.

Programmteilnehmer und Dozenten

Participants and advisors

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Türkei Vertreter Sven-Joachim Irmer

Head of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Turkey Sven-Joachim Irmer

Präsidium für religiöse Angelegenheiten (Diyanet), Generaldirektorat für auswärtige Beziehungen

Presidium for religious matters (Diyanet), generaldirectorate for foreign relations

Dozent Murat Çelikkafa, Türkische Redaktion Deutsche Welle

Docent Murat Çelikkafa, Turkish desk of Deutsche Welle

Dozenten Sozialpädagogin Hülya Ceylan und Sozialwissenschaftlerin Hülya Akbul-Çakır

Social pedagogue Hülya Ceylan and social scientist Hülya Akbul-Çakır

Contact person

Sven-Joachim Irmer

Head of the KAS Office Turkey

Phone +90 312 440 40 80
Fax +90 312 440 32 48
Languages: Deutsch,‎ English,‎ Türkçe

Bekir Öncel

Project Administrator

Phone +90 312 440 40 80
Fax +90 312 440 32 48
Languages: Türkçe,‎ Deutsch,‎ English