Dissertation Abstracts

Organizing Muslims and Integrating Islam in Germany: New Developments in the 21st Century

Author: Rosenow-Williams, Kerstin , Kerstin.Rosenow@rub.de
Department: Social Science, Chair of Sociology/Organisation, Migration, Participation
University: Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ludger Pries
Year of completion: 2011
Language of dissertation: English

Keywords: Islam , Organization , Integration , Germany
Areas of Research: Migration , Environment and Society , Organization


In 'Organizing Muslims and Integrating Islam in Germany,' Kerstin Rosenow-Williams analyzes the challenges faced by Islamic organizations in Germany since the beginning of the 21st century. Outlining the expectations German political actors have of Islamic organizations and the internal interests of these organizations, the author illustrates that organizational response strategies involve patterns not only of adaptation, but also of decoupling and protest. The study introduces an innovative research framework based on organizational sociology and provides empirical insights into three major Islamic umbrella organizations (DITIB, IGMG, ZMD) and their relationships with other actors.

The comprehensive analysis of the German institutional environment and related developments in Islamic organizations makes this study highly relevant to scholars and politicians, as well as the general public.