Guest Lecture: Towards a Typology of Imams in the West

Niels Valdemar Vinding presents his theoretical frame for the research of his ‘Imams of the West’ research project. It is an exploratory analysis of the institutional and epistemic authority of imams, which is framed as a typology.

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Niels Valdemar Vinding

Vinding focuses on the two dominant expressions of religious authority in Islam, and argues for their centrality to the legitimacy of imams and their work. His proposed typology can be understood as an expression of the interrelations embodied by imams during their movement within the diverse institutional frameworks of both Western and Islamic knowledge. The typology is the beginning of a conversation about imams, preachers, and Muslim pastoral care in relations to state and societies, rather than a definitive statement.

About Niels Valdemar Vinding

Vinding has a PhD in Islamic Studies and is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, at the project Danish Mosques – Significance, Use and Influence. He recently co-edited Exploring the Multitude of Muslims in Europe. Essays in Honour of Jørgen S. Nielsen, with Egdūnas Račius, and Jörn Thielmann (Leiden: Brill Publishers 2018) and also co-edited Imams in Western Europe, Developments, Transformations, and Institutional Challenges (Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam Press, 2018) with Mohammed Hashas, and Jan Jaap de de Ruiter.


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Published May 7, 2019 2:02 PM - Last modified May 7, 2019 2:06 PM