Training for Muslim religious leaders

From Nancy Khalil and Celene Ibrahim at Maydan:

Programs and institutions tailored specifically for the purpose of training Muslim religious professionals have a brief history in the United States; yet, recent decades have seen a veritable growth in higher education programs geared to aspiring Muslim religious leaders (Smith, 2009). Particularly in the wake of the tragedy of September 11, Muslims have also taken more active roles in governmental and civic institutions, as well as interfaith coalitions in an attempt to distil harmful stereotypes and earn seats at decision-making tables (Halhoff, 2011). With the increased demographic share of new generations of American-born Muslims, combined with continued immigration from Muslim majority countries, the need for Muslim civic leadership continues to grow, especially around the need for religious formation, for social services, and for taking on public issues related to surveillance, discrimination, and anti-Muslim bias. This article surveys nascent programs and institutions of higher education that are grappling with how to train Muslim professionals to be effective religious and community leaders in the current social, political, and religious landscape.

Read more at Maydan.