Kyrgyz NGO, DUMK team up to improve understanding of Islam

By Asker Sultanov

BISHKEK -- Leaders of the Bishkek-based Iyman Foundation and the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Kyrgyzstan (DUMK) signed an agreement on the training of DUMK management on religious and secular topics, the Iyman press office announced August 1.

Under the agreement, during the next 18 months, DUMK employees will acquire a deeper understanding of Islam, as well as study secular subjects such as the Kyrgyz language and Kyrgyz history. Iyman, a religious non-governmental organisation, is paying for the educational programme.

The agreement is meant to address a lack of high-quality religious education in Kyrgyzstan, Iyman Chairman Nirzhigit Kadyrbekov said.

"We also have an urgent need to prevent radicalism and violent extremism in society," he added.

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