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Berlin Islamic Institute : old Bishop Huber advises, Islam-theology,

The Berlin Senate and the Humboldt University have announced that Friday afternoon, who was appointed member of the theological Advisory Council for the Islam-theology. The seven-member body, can staff come up with Surprises.

The most prominent personnel in the Advisory Council of the Protestant theologian Wolfgang Huber, 1994 to 2009 Bishop in Berlin-Brandenburg and from 2003 to 2009 presidency of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany. Huber was called as "the request legitimate and consultative" member of the Advisory Council of the President of the Humboldt-University, Sabine art. Huber, honorary Professor of the HU. As a second HU-a representative of art appointed its Vice-President for teaching and studies, Eva Inés Obergfell, a lawyer.

The Central Council of Muslims sends Lydia Nofal

Otherwise, the Advisory Board shall consist of one representative for the three parties involved in Islam, associations, and two University teachers of the Islamic faith from the Islamic theology, "or a related science". These five Board members are entitled to vote and can intervene with theological objections against the study of the content of, or against, the appeal or the performance of duties of professors.

From the Central Council of Muslims was called Lydia Nofal, Deputy Chairman of the Central Council and of the staff at the RAA Berlin, a promoter of youth work. The Islamic Federation is sending its managing Director Mustafa Özdemir. And of the Islamic community of Shi'a communities in Germany (IGS), whose managing Director is Mohammad Djavad Mohagheghi.

Previously, a Shiite representative to the Constitution fell protection

another designated member of the Advisory Council, the University and the three participating Muslim organisations initially agreed to, is as reported to the Federal protection of the Constitution. In June, it was agreed in the Board of Trustees of the HU, the Advisory Board, no person appointed should be, in the past, against the free democratic order or the fundamental law would be violated. An exclusion criterion should in particular be anti-Semitic "positions".

All the designate of the Advisory Board members were reviewed prior to their appointment by the Federal protection of the Constitution, it is said from the Senate office of science. What is the reason for the Shiite candidate was objected to, was not disclosed. The controversial nature of the participation of the IGS on the Board, because it is observed from the protection of the Constitution and, for example, is not hostile to Israel Al-Quds-Demonstration in Berlin, has distanced.

Two independent members named

eagerly awaiting the names of the two independent higher education representatives, are entitled to the Advisory Board on an equal footing with the Association representatives voting had been. It was expected that they could serve as a liberal counterweight to the conservative-oriented associations. With Jamal Malik - since 1999 Professor for Islamic studies at the University of Erfurt – now comes a scientist to the Advisory Board, the research explicitly to religious plurality. Malik previously worked at the universities of Bamberg and Heidelberg, among his subjects, Muslims in Europe and Islam in South Asia. Books he has published only religious pluralism, but also on Sufism in the West and the Islamic taught culture in South India.

Shirin Amir-Moazami, the second independent scholar on the Advisory Board, is an expert on religious policies in Europe, secularism and gender issues and Islamic movements. She is a Professor at the Institute of Islamic studies at the FU and is the head of the profile area Islam in Europe. Currently, she is researching the integration policy in Germany.

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The first researcher at the new Institute, meanwhile, started its work. Since the end of January, the Islamic and political scientist Ayse Almila Akca to build a Junior research group the research focus of Religious practice. Akca received his doctorate at the free University, she conducted research on Islamic Knowledge at mosques in Germany.

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