Presidential Offices: Bernardgasse 5, 1070 Vienna/AUSTRIA;
Departments: Neustiftgasse 117, 1070 Vienna/AUSTRIA
According to the Constitution the tasks of the IGGiÖ concern primarily “the keeping and care of religion among the followers of Islam”. Furthermore the IGGiÖ is linking-up between governmental and civil institutions. The dialogue with the Austrian non-Muslim society is a major objective to combat prejudices and stereotypes by offering information on Islam and Austrian Muslims and promote a more active participation of Muslims in Austrian society.
Beside the official responibilites of the Islamic Religious Authority in Austria, the organisation is very committed in dialogue activities. The IGGiÖ organized with the support of the Austrian Foreign Ministry and other governmental authorities 4 "Imam-Conferences", in 2003, 2006 and 2010 on European level (incl. Shia representation) and in 2005 an Austrian Imam-Conference. Dialogue affirming declarations have been issued on these conferences with special consideration of supporting women in inter-religous dialogue. On national level the IGGiÖ is implementing various initiatives, f.e. training programmes for female spiritual advisers in Muslim communities and so-called dialogue officers.
Offer an outreach to the Muslim communitites in Austria for initiatives related to inter-religious dialogue,further education programmes etc. Encourage the participation of Muslim youth and Muslim people living in Austria in the issues of the ALF activities and the foundation's mission. Promote exchange and networking with other NGOs withing the Austrian and the Mediterranean societies relatied to dialogue of cultures.
To add the voice of a religous minority in the network's actions, also with the aim to encourage Austrian Muslims to participate in projects, network-activities and offer the possibility of exchange within the Austrian NGO-society and the international one.