Towards a Typology of Imams of the West

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To understand the relevant and signifijicant diffferences between imams of the West, this chapter suggests a typology of imams according to variations of institutional authority – that is, the signifijicant dimensions of institutionally embedded authority available in the West – and what has been called epistemic authority, which emphasizes the primacy of knowledge-based authority in Islam. Focussing specifijically on Islamic authority and providing relevant examples of imams that embody authority, the typology expresses the cross tabulation between the diverse institutional frameworks in the West and Islamic knowledge personified.This relationship between institutional authority and epistemic authority, its explanatory power and the actual imams, who exemplify them, is a telling indicator of the directions and future challenges of Islam in Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImams in Western Europe : Developments, Transformations, and Institutional Challenges
Number of pages24
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Publication date15 May 2018
ISBN (Print)9789462983830
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2018

Bibliographical note

Niels Valdemar Vinding is an Assistant Professor at the Department of
Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen, with
a specifijic focus on Islam in Europe and European Muslim institutions. His
current research, ‘Imams of the West’, is funded from 2014 to 2017 by the
Carlsberg Research Foundation. His Ph.D. (2013) was on Muslim Positions
in the Religio-Organisational Fields of Denmark, Germany and England.

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - Imams in the United KingdomKingdom, Germany, and Austria, imam, Typology, Chaplaincy, Islam, Muslims, religious authority

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