Dozens of imam-khatibs flunk religious exam in Tajikistan


DUSHANBE -- Dozens of Tajik imams have been sacked for showing poor knowledge of Islam during examinations that began in late December, AsiaPlus reported Friday (January 5).

Tajikistan has been vetting its imam-khatibs for nine years. A commission including members of the government's Committee on Religious Affairs (KDR) and the Council of Ulema conducts the exam.

"Dozens" of imams, out of 265 who sat for the test, failed and were fired.

Testing for another 3,000 imams awaits, according to a source at the KDR.

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