Section 4: Religious Education and Practical Theology

Chairs: Mark Chalîl Bodenstein, Yaşar Sarıkaya

The main problems related to the establishment of Islamic religious education (IRE) in German public schools seem to be tackled and solutions on the way, so that the focus of discussion should switch from legal and political questions to problems of the theoretical foundation of IRE. These problems should be tackled in relation to basic conceptional orientations of IRE as well as to its didactic principles for teaching. These points should be discussed with regard to the connectivity with other discourses of religious pedagogy or to whether the homo islamicus needs totally different conceptions. In addition to the field of IRE in schools questions of Imam training and mosques as vocational fields as well as Islamic spiritual care will be discussed with regard to their theological, pedagogical, and historical rationales.