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Strategies of adaption and dissociation
Islamic missionary groups from South Asia in the European diaspora – the Tablighi Jama’at and the Da’wat-i Islami

Islamic Training Institutes in Germany
links to Training Institutes in the Middle East and Europe

Between participation and disengagement
The Muslim minority and its schools in South Africa and Europe

Islamism, the Reform of Islam, and Civil Religion in France

„Pioneers of 'Euro-Islam'“?
The role of Muslim women in the Milli Görüs. Crossed views: Germany-Turkey

The Ahmadiya in Germany
Areas of conflict between Islamic identity and secular embedment

 
 

Subprojects

• Centre for Modern Oriental Studies (Prof. Ulrike Freitag)

Strategies of adaption and dissociation
Islamic missionary groups from South Asia in the European diaspora – the Tablīghī Jamā’at and the Da’wat-i Islāmī


Zentrum der Tablīghī Jamā'at in Dewsbury, GB

The case study, which focuses on the Tablighi Jama´at (TJ) and the Da´wat-e Islami (DI), aims to assess the repercussions of South Asian Islamic missionary group activism in the European context. The study is coupled with a dissertation project. Via field and literature studies of the subsidiaries of both movements in Germany and three other European countries (Spain, France, Great Britain), it explores how movements adapt their missionary endeavour to the European field. At the same time, missionary groups will be accompanied to their countries of origin in South Asia, and their strategy regeneration and translocal networks observed in detail. The intention of the project is also to contribute to an understanding of whether these missionary activities will lead to a further dissociation of Muslims from their host societies in Europe, as some observers assume, or whether their orientation towards consolidating Islamic norms will be conducive to integration. [more...]

Islamic Training Institutes in Germany
Links to Training Institutes in the Middle East and Europe

Ausschnitt aus der Homepage der Azhar-Universität, an der viele der in Deutschland tätigen Imame ihre Ausbildung absolviert haben

In recent years Muslim initiatives to establish Islamic training institutes and training circles in Germany have increased (see, e.g., Islamogische Institut, www.islamologie.info, founded in 2001). Firstly, the project will present an overview of these initiatives. In a second step it focuses on 2-3 training institutes and looks at how they are linked to training institutions and networks in Europe and the Middle East, such as the Egyptian al-Azhar University and madrasas in Syria and Turkey, in order to analyse the transmission of Islamic knowledge both in and to Europe. [more...]

• University of Hamburg, Religius Pedagogics (Prof. Wolfram Weiße)

Between participation and disengagement
The Muslim minority and its schools in South Africa and Europe

Schülerinnen einer islamischen Schule in England  (Leicester Islamic Academy, http://home.btconnect.com)

The case study draws a comparison between Muslim minority discourses in South Africa and those in Europe (Netherlands, England), which are similar in many ways. It focuses on debates about Muslim minority rights in the context of establishing Islamic schools.
Of particular interest are the links and parallels, and the differences and divisions between Islamic schools in South Africa and those in Europe. The analysis delves into the increased networking activities of South African Muslims with schools in England and the Netherlands, which are partly organised through the networks of Islamic movements of South Asian origin, such as the Tablighi Jamaat and the Deobandis. [more...]

• University of Frankfurt/Oder, Social- and Cultural Anthropology (Prof. Werner Schiffauer)

Islamism, the Reform of Islam, and Civil Religion in France

Homepage: http://www.zmo.de/muslime_in_europa/mitarbeiter/peter/

Innenminister Sarkozy mit dem Präsidenten der UOIF, Jhah Thami Brèze

The research project is concerned with discourses and organisational structures in the predominantly Franco-Maghrebi federation Union des organisations islamiques de France (UOIF, founded in 1983). Today, groups and institutions federated in the UOIF are important sites for debates and practices through which a variety of actors embedded in transnational networks engage with the laicist context of France. Taking inspiration from Bourdieu’s field concept, this project aims to situate and analyse the UOIF in relation to the emerging Muslim field in France. Particular attention will be paid to relating the reform projects circulating within the UOIF to understandings of correct Islamic belief and practice in other Muslim groups. The study will question common assumptions on the impact of the French “secular context” on Islam and seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the spatial configuration of Islam in France.
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"Pioneers of 'Euro-Islam'"?
The role of Muslim women in the Milli Görüs. Crossed views: Germany-Turkey

Islamische Gemeinschaft Milli Görüş (IGMG) Frauenversammlung

The project analyses religiously authorised gender discourses in the Islamic milieu in Germany, concentrating on female and male actors in the Turkish-Islamic organisation Milli Görüs. By combining data gathered in Germany with gender discourses and practices in the Islamic context, the project attempts to provide a transnational research perspective. It thus analyses the dynamics of Islam in Europe under the aspect of continuities and discontinuities Islamic traditions might experience as a result of lasting Muslim presence in the European context. [more...]

• University of Halle, South Asian Studies (Prof. Rahul Peter Das)

The Ahmadiya in Germany
Areas of conflict between Islamic identity and secular embedment

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Gründer der Ahmadiyya

The core of this project is the Islamic reformist movement of the Ahmadiya in Germany. It originated in South Asia, where it was founded by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad at the end of the 19th century. Based on the analysis of material published by and about the Ahmadiya, the first research phase deals with their image in German society in general and the German media in particular. Their perception of Germany’s attitude to their movement will be discussed in retrospect, as will their relationship to pluralism and the secular environment. Finally, a comparison with the movement in Great Britain, India and Pakistan will be undertaken in the context of the above-mentioned issues, which will include legal and interreligious aspects, as well as the approach of the countries concerned to Islamic minorities. [more...]

 

 
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