Amsterdam's VU University has launched a course to teach imams about the Dutch language and culture because many don't speak the language, and were educated in Morocco, Turkey or Egypt, Trouw said on Wednesday.

Imams' leadership is needed more than ever given the radicalisation and extremism within the Dutch Muslim community, said Rasit Bal, spokesman for Muslim lobby group CMO, which has help set up the course.

'It has only become more urgent in the last few years. Young people aren't going to imams because they don't speak their language and we know what happens next,' Bal said.

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