First Islamic University opened in Chechnya ahead of Ramadan
The first Islamic University opened in Chechnya ahead of Ramadan with attandence of dozens of Muslim leaders from Caucasus, Russian news agency said.
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The first Islamic University opened on Thursday in Chechnya ahead of Ramadan with attandence of dozens of Muslim leaders from Caucasus, Russian news agency said.
The opening of the Russian Islamic University named after Kunta-Haji in Grozny was attended by dozens of Muslim leaders from Russia and other countries, Interfax said.
The opening ceremony started with a video message from Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin transmitted on a big screen.
Students at the new university will study both Islamic and secular disciplines. The curriculum includes Russian and Chechen languages, sociology, political studies, philosophy and English.
During the first two years students can take a beginners course in Arabic which is a requirement for any student wanting to go on and study Islam.
Teachers at the institution have reportedly been recruited from the Egyptian University Al-Azhar, one of the oldest world universities, the Asia Minor University, the Abu-Nour University in Syria.
The education lasts 5 years in the university.
The event in Grozny was attended by dozens of guests, delegations from the Russian Council of Muftis led by chairman Ravil Gainutdin, Muslim leaders from the North Caucasus republics, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Belarus, as well as Palestinian muftis, envoys and plenipotentiary from Malaysia, Turkey, Kuwait, Yemen and other Islamic states.
Islamic University Rector Abdul-Rahim Mutusev was quoted as saying that in 2009-2010 academic year they are expecting at around 300 students to get education .
One of the most populous regions in the mainly Muslim north Caucasus, Chechnya declared independency after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 but was attacked by Russian forces in two wars since the mid-1990s.
Amnesty International also said in its report on Caucasus, published on Wednesday, that so-called the counter-terrorism operation that the Russian authorities declared there gave a green light tohuman right violations by government forces in Chechnya.
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