Kyrgyz to screen imams
By Bakyt Ibraimov
BISHKEK — Kyrgyz authorities have begun a thorough screening of imams and employees of religious institutions, the Kyrgyz service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported January 3.
The screening is meant to determine the imams’ qualifications to serve. A commission including religious scholars and officials from the country’s Spiritual Administration of Muslims and government agencies overseeing religion will examine the imams.
Kyrgyzstan has more than 60 madrassas, including 35 in Bishkek.