“Imam Muda” (Young Imam), a Malaysian Islamic reality show searching for the next young imam, just began its second season this week. The show, based on “American Idol” and “The X Factor,” first aired in 2010. The show now has a bigger following and has drawn over 1,000 possible contestants from around Southeast Asia.
With all the negative news about Muslims in Europe, the University of Osnabrueck’s opening the first public higher education program for imams comes as a welcome gesture. On October 11th, the German university began a course to train Muslim spiritual leaders in German language, the German political system, Islamic theology, and religious education. Thirty students enrolled in the course, but many more expressed interest.