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Country Report Libya

  • ID: 2101513
  • April 2015
  • Region: Libya
  • 25 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

The UAE has launched a campaign to promote "moderate Islam", aimed at countering religious extremism in the region through the training of imams. Media sources reported that 32 Afghan imams had completed the course in the UAE in mid-April. The Afghan religious endowments minister, Faiz Osmani, said that as many as 17,000 Afghan imams were being offered training under the UAE scheme.

The Emirates, and in particular Abu Dhabi, has been training foreign imams for a number of years. However, the campaign took off in 2014 under the de facto Abu Dhabi and UAE leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan. In part this was a reaction to the growth of Islamic State, an extreme jihadi group headquartered in Syria and Iraq, but it also reflected the Emiratis' campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood at home and in Egypt.

The General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments, the UAE ministry that oversees the domestic promotion of Islam, is co-ordinating the international effort. It primarily revolves around the Muslim Council of Elders, founded in July 2014 and drawing significantly on the influence of Egypt's (anti-Brotherhood) religious establishment, and the UAE-based Hedayah Centre, which encourages international Islamic exchange and research.

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Country Report Libya

UAE promotes "moderate Islam" in the region
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