Title
The imam in Flanders : a research noteThe imam in Flanders : a research note
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Research group
Citizenship, Equality & Diversity (CED)
Center for Ethics
Publication type
article
Publication
Birmingham,
Subject
Religious studies
Source (journal)
Islam and christian-muslim relations. - Birmingham
Volume/pages
25(2014):4, p. 471-487
ISSN
0959-6410
ISI
000342305400005
Carrier
E
Target language
Dutch (dut)
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This paper presents the results of an exploratory, mixed-method study on imams in Flanders. The research question was mainly who are they?, in an attempt to draw the first picture of their socio-demographic background, ethnicity, functions, and expectations with respect to their position in Flanders, or in Belgium more broadly speaking. The first three sections give context information about Muslims, Islam, and mosques in Belgium and Flanders. In the next sections, the research design and the results are presented. This presentation focuses on four issues: imams as immigrants; their tasks and workload; their job situation and attitude towards official recognition and payment; and finally their ambiguous attitudes towards government initiatives. We give also some reflections in dialogue with research on imams in other Western European countries. The conclusion discusses the challenges for imams and the government to become real partners within the further integration process of the Muslim community in Flanders and Belgium.
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