Muslim Politics and Governance of Islam: Interactions of Structure and Culture in Multireligious Europe
To what extent will the relation between politics and religion among Muslim leaders be affected by the various forms of governance in France, Norway and the U.K? And to what extent are the respective governments’ attitudes towards Islam affected by Muslim initiatives and political action in these respective countries?
These are some of the questions that the international and comparative research project entitled ‘Muslim Politics and Governance of Islam: Interactions of Structure and Culture in Multireligious Europe’ sets out to investigate. The project where I act as coordinator and researcher for the subproject on ‘governance of Islam’ in Norway is funded by the Norwegian Research Council (NRC) through its SAMKUL programme from 2014 to 2018, and is coordinated by Fafo (Institute for Labour and Social Research) in Oslo, Norway. This interdisciplinary research project, which involves some of the leading international scholars in political science in this field inter alia seeks to explore the histories of governance of Islam, its continuities and ruptures, in these variegated contexts through in-depth interviews with decision-makers both in government bureacracies and among Muslim civil society organisations. My own subproject ran from September 2014 to September 2015, and was anchored at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo in Norway.