Prisoners of the Mosque

Sam Cherribi

in In the House of War

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199734115
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866113 | DOI:


Prisoners of the Mosque

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This chapter analyzes the characteristics of Islamic religious leadership in the 90’s. At that time, the early to mid-1990s, what was said in the mosques was of little or no interest in the Dutch public arena. With the import of Islam came the import of imams, community leaders from Muslim countries, most without any significant history of democracy, elections, or a free press. This does not mean that there were never any critical voices from the pulpit, but those voices were ultimately silenced. Imams in Muslim countries are fully aware of the constrained conditions under which they work. Two properties based on their personal qualities or characteristics can be used to classify imams in the religious field. One is religious capital and the other is economic capital. This chapter gives one of the only published, scholarly typologies of the imams.

Keywords: congregation; mobilization; imams; mosques; Commander of the Faithful; transnational Islamic identity; religious field

Chapter.  12733 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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