TASHKENT -- The Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Uzbekistan (DUMU) has ordered 12 religious educational institutions to offer courses in Arabic and the Koran, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)'s Uzbek service reported Wednesday (November 15).
Mufti Usmonkhon Alimov, head of the DUMU, issued the order November 13 (Monday).
Starting on December 1, the schools, which include a number of madrassas and one university, will begin offering six-month-long courses on the Koran, tajweed (Koran recitation) and Arabic. Tuition for each course will cost 1 million UZS ($123), according to DUMU.
DUMU plans to allow more than 700 individuals to enrol.
The decision to offer the courses came after many years of requests from the public, said DUMU deputy chairman Sheikh Abdulaziz Mansur.