MOSQUES IN EUROPE – CONCEPTUAL QUESTIONS AND EMPIRCAL CHALLENGES
This session discusses research on mosques in Europe. In particular, it addresses power relations in and surrounding mosques.
This session discusses research on mosques in Europe. In particular, it addresses power relations in and surrounding mosques. Studies suggest that there is congruence and contingency between the ways mosques are placed in conflicted and contested positions externally, and the challenges of the leadership and the frames of subjectivity formation offered internally. External factors are mediated amongst Muslims within the mosque who try to navigate expectations either by conforming to or distancing themselves from external pressures and policies. Equally, internal discourses are communicated to the wider public and mosque leadership struggle to project a sense of acceptability of the mosque as a legitimate place of religious practice and symbolic dwelling. Mosques can, then, be viewed as external, public manifestations of the internal Muslim constituency and subjectivities, which brokers Islamic religiosity and tradition amongst themselves and to the outside world. We invite papers that represent as many relevant and interesting perspectives on mosques in Europe as possible.
BRIAN ARLY JACOBSEN, KRISTINE SINCLAIR & NIELS VALDEMAR VINDING
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
University of Southern, Denmark