Sweden is to launch its first state-funded Islamic theology programme this autumn, which the course organizers hope will provide more locally-educated imams.

The one year course in Islamic theology and leadership will be provided by adult education centre Kista Folk High School (Kista Folkhögskola), situated in the north-west of the country's capital.

The institution was awarded money from this year's 'folkbildningsanslaget', a central government grant that is distributed annually to Sweden's folk high schools.

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