The first in a series of eight lectures that presents exciting research on Muslim contexts in Europe and North America. The series will focus on issues relating to Muslim agency, creativity and strivings. What engages people and drives them to find new directions? The series will challenge conventional narratives about Islam in Europe and North America by providing stimulating, new perspectives based on recent and ongoing research.
Islam in Denmark: The First 150 Years
By Garbi Schmidt
Professor Schmidt will focus on the history of Islam in Denmark and the activism of Muslim communities in Nørrebro (a centrally located neighborhood in the Danish capital Copenhagen). The first part of the lecture will allow us to see Islam in Denmark according to a longue durée perspective, going a hundred years further back than the guest workers’ migration of the 1960s. In the second part of the lecture, Professor Schmidt will discuss how particular historical ways of telling a specific neighbourhood affects the ways in which Muslim organisations gain voice and presence in this neighbourhood as well their repertoire of activism.
Garbi Schmidt is a professor of Cultural Encounters at Roskilde University. For almost two decades she has carried out research on Islam in and migration to Denmark. Her D. Phil dissertation, focused on the migration history of Nørrebro: a topic on which she has published extensively. Schmidt also holds a PhD in Islamic Studies (1998) from Lund University on Muslim minorities in USA. Before taking up her present position at Roskilde University, she worked as senior researcher and program director at the Danish National Institute of Social Research (integration). In total, she has published more than 70 academic books, reports and articles in high-ranking international journals.
, Professor of Islamic Studies, Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC).
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