Dr. Arndt-Walter Emmerich, 2019-2021


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.


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