Germany's first private institute for the education of Muslim Imams will open soon in Berlin's Karlshorst neighbourhood.

The Institut Buhara, housed in a former culture house for East German railway workers, hosted an open house last Friday to introduce their school to curious local residents and the media.

"We want to educate German-speaking Imams who are anchored in society and have a perfect command of the language," the school's 37-year-old founder Alexander Weiger said, adding that there is demand for such skills among believers as well as government officials.

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