Arndt Emmerich is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Max Weber Institute for Sociology at
the University of Heidelberg , studying intercultural and interreligious
encounters between Jews and Muslims in Germany. Prior to that, he was a
Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and
Ethnic Diversity and a Research Officer with the Changing Structures of Islamic
Authority project at the University of Oxford. Using a variety of qualitative
research methods, he has focused on generational and institutional
transformations within mosque communities in Germany and Britain. He also
investigated the negotiation process of Germany's first Muslim-Christian
kindergarten and the role of interreligious brokerage in rural Germany. In his
book, “Islamic Movements in India”, he drew on insights from political
sociology, social movement theory and Islamic studies to analyse the ways
religious groups utilize spiritual, material and organizational strategies for
collective action, community development and political alignment. Emmerich has
taught courses in cultural sociology, social theory, development studies and
qualitative research methods. He holds an MPhil and DPhil in International
Development from the University of Oxford and a BA in Sociology from the
University of Essex.
- Dis/trusted partners: local Mosque activism during the German refugee crisis (completed)
- ORA Joint Research Project ENCOUNTERS · Muslim-Jewish encounter, diversity & distance in urban Europe: Religion, culture and social model
Emmerich, A. 2020, Islamic movements in India: moderation and its discontents, London: Routledge.
Emmerich, A. 2023, “Arrival of Legal Salafism and the Struggle for Recognition in Germany – Reflection and Adaptation Processes within the German Da’wa movement between 2001 and 2022,” Politics and Religion (First View), 1-19. Link
Emmerich, A. (forthcoming, 2023), “(Un)Wanted Partners: Muslim Politics and Third Front Coalitions in India,” India Review.
Emmerich, A. 2022, "Masks, Mosques and Lockdowns: Islamic Organisations Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic in Germany", Entangled Religions, 12 (3), 1-21.
Emmerich, A. (2022). Negotiating Germany’s first Muslim–Christian kindergarten: Temporalities, multiplicities, and processes in interreligious dialogue. Social Compass. Link
Emmerich, A. 2022, “Germany’s first Muslim-Christian kindergarten: Temporalities multiplicities and processes in interreligious dialogue”, Social Compass, 69 (4).
Emmerich, A. (2021). Language change and persistence within Turkish mosques in Germany: Transnational ties and domestic demands. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Link
Emmerich, A. 2020, “Salafi Youth Activism in Britain: A Social Movement Perspective”, Journal of Muslims in Europe, 9(3), 373-303.
Emmerich, A. 2019, “Political education and legal pragmatism of Muslim organizations in India. A study of the changing nature of Muslim minority politics”, Asian Survey, 59(3), 451-473.
Emmerich, A (2023) Provincializing dialogue:
Post-secular governance networks and brokerage of religious diversity in
a Northern German town, for edited Volume, Dialogue and Beyond - The
Sites, Practices and Materialities of Interfaith Encounter in Europe.
Routledge, 71-87. Link
Max Planck Institute Blog (2022), Exploring Frankfurt’s Deep-Story and Impact on Jewish-Muslim Encounters
Deutsche Welle/ Qantara (2022), Interfaith cooperation and integration - Germany’s first Christian-Muslim kindergarten
Deutsche Welle/ Qantara (2022), Der lange Weg zur ersten christlich-muslimischen Kita [The long journey to the first Christian Muslim kindergarten]
IslamIQ (2022), Sprachwandel in Moscheen – eine Analyse [Language Change in Mosques – an Analysis].
Max Planck Institute Blog (2022), Language change and persistence within Turkish mosques in Germany
Theo.Logik – Religion Inside (2022), “Mosques and Muslim Youth in Germany” in Kirchenaustritte - und dann? [What comes after leaving the Church?], Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting).