Heidelberg Muslim Initiative
The two mosques in Heidelberg have been marginalized and in architectural terms are not in the public consciousness. Muslims do not seem to belong to the established urban population, neither in their own or external perception. But the fewer the encounters between Muslims and non-Muslims in everyday life, the more mutual fear, ignorance, and resentment grow.
»Starting from the Muslim perspective, a future-oriented institution and place is to be created for all Heidelberg residents that initiates exchange on equal terms and at different social levels.«
The IBA_CANDIDATE »Teileiend« seeks to visibly locate Muslim life in Heidelberg. For this purpose, the Heidelberg Muslim Initiative wishes to act as a bridge between urban society, science, and Muslim communities. Its approach is to be a self-evident part of city life, and therefore also engage in civil society.
Through innovative forms of communication, the initiative is already providing a platform for discussion between different social groups. This requires new structures, but also new spaces. The aim is to promote inter-Muslim and inter-religious dialogue by providing a special place for encounters and exchange. In addition, offers of empowerment are to create space for a Muslim civil society. Initial support from the Federal Agency for Civic Education and the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Wuerttemberg helped to make the institutionalization of the idea appear realistic. An Islamic academy could study and illustrate the interaction between Islam and local society, stimulating knowledge in Heidelberg through intellectual Islamic impulses.
Foundation of the association
Funding of BW-Stiftung
Funding of Federal Agency for Civic Education
Further funding commitments
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