Dr. Arndt-Walter Emmerich, 2019-2021

Curriculum Vitae

Arndt Emmerich is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Hertfordshire. He was 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.

Research projects



Emmerich, A. 2020, Islamic movements in India: moderation and its discontents, London: Routledge.

Journal Articles

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 CompassLink

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).

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