Dr. Arndt-Walter Emmerich, 2019-2021

Curriculum Vitae

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.

Research projects



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

Journal Articles

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.

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