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First Islamic academic center opens in Switzerland
by Tamer Abul-Ainain
The Swiss Islamic Shura Council has launched the first Islamic research center in the European nation; "The Islamic Sciences Institute." Abdullah Nicholas Blancho, board member of the newly-established Islamic institute, told KUNA the establishment would offer Islamic religious studies in Deutsche, noting its significance due to lack of a sufficient number of qualified academic Islamic figures capable of lecturing about Islam, correctly, in the European country.
The institute board of trustees groups scholars from various Islamic states, tasked with preparing the curricula "on sound academic bases as adopted by accredited Islamic institutes in the Islamic nations." Muslims and non-Muslims are welcomed to be enrolled to study the Holy Book, Sunnah and Hadith at the new center.
Elaborating, Blancho pointed out the need for Swiss Muslims, well educated about their religion and doctrine, to be able to master convincing and sensible arguments, when faced with criticisms against Islam.
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