Journal article

“I’m just an Imam, not Superman”: Imams in Switzerland

BHT

  • 2020
Published in:
  • Journal of Muslims in Europe. - Brill. - 2020, vol. 9, no. 1, p. 64-95
English Current debates on Islam in Europe often focus on imams as religious leaders and key figures in integration politics. Muslim associations undergoing processes of transformation and generational change have equally high expectations of imams. This article uses stakeholder theory to analyse the current situation of imams and draws on empirical material from Switzerland to illustrate both multi-faceted stakeholder claims and imams’ self-reflections on role conflicts they experience. It indicates that imams and Muslim associations tend to develop different coping strategies leading either to an enlarged profile for imams or to a differentiation of functions and professions in the social and religious fields.
Faculty
Rectorat
Department
Centre Suisse Islam et Société
Language
  • English
Classification
Religion, theology
License
CC BY
Open access status
hybrid
Identifiers
Persistent URL
https://folia.unifr.ch/unifr/documents/328382
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