Introducion

Islamic insruction has been offered in public schools in Austria since the school year 1982/83. This is a particularlity that is directly connected to the legal recognition of Islam in 1912. Austria is exemplary in this way. The instruction is in German. In the meantime, there are approximately 40,000 Muslim pupils in Austria who recive Islamic religous instruction. They are taught by approximately 350 teachers in 2,700 locations.

Since 1998, religion teachers have been training in private study programs to tach Islamic religion in IRPA compulsory schools.

The secondary school Islamic religion teachers have been receiving training in the Islamic Religious Education masters´program at the University of vienna since Winter semeter 2006/2007.