A training course for imams at Geneva University, introducing them to Swiss law and values, is yielding results.
The course organisers say Muslim communities are pleased that their representatives are being sent for training. As part of the "integration" course funded by the canton, nine imams are studying at the university.
The Geneva course is not the only one of its kind in Switzerland. In bilingual Fribourg (French and German-speaking), the conservative right Swiss People's Party tried to stop the opening of the Centre for Islam and Society (SZIG), which provides courses for imams on Swiss culture and society. Experts agreed that such a ban was discriminatory because it was directed against the members of a single religion in breach of the Swiss constitution.