Imam in Nederland : opvattingen over zijn religieuze rol in de samenleving

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Imam in Nederland : opvattingen over zijn religieuze rol in de samenleving

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Imam in Nederland : opvattingen over zijn religieuze rol in de samenleving
Author: Boender, Welmoet
Publisher: Leiden Institute for the Study of Religion, (LISOR), Faculty of Religious Studies, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2007-11-13
Keywords: Authority
Female religious leadership
Mosque community
Religious authority
Abstract: In public debate and academic discussions about Islam in Western society, reference is often made to the role of the imam in processes of acculturation of Muslims. Throughout these debates, we come across the important question of how imams transmit Islamic norms and values to Muslims living in secular, non-Islamic societies. This descriptive-exploratory research considers this question specifically looking at the role of the imam in the local mosque in the Netherlands. This dissertation describes and analyses the external perspective of the views circulating in the public debate on imams between 1993 and 2004. The internal perspective has been brought into focus empirically by describing and exploring his role, authority and influence in two mosque-communities and one Islamic student association. The internal perspective further divides into the perspective of the imam and the perspective of a group practising, mostly young and highly educated Muslims who grew up in the Netherlands. The imam finds himself in a field of tension between expectations from the majority society and expectations of the believers. The indicative findings from the internal perspective have been compared with the external views. The outcome of this comparison is used to clarify the ongoing public ‘imam-debate’.
Description: Promotor: P.S. van Koningsveld
With summary in English
Faculty: Faculty of Theology
Citation: Boender, W., 2007, Doctoral thesis, Leiden University
ISBN: 9789035131408 (handelseditie, Uitgeverij Bert Bakker, Amsterdam)
Sponsor: International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM)

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