Islam in Denmark: The First 150 Years

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September 4, 2019
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
European History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Islamic History / Studies, Social Sciences


The first in a series of eight lectures entitled Recognising Islam in Europe and North America which 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.

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Islam in Denmark: The First 150 Years 

By Garbi Schmidt, Roskilde University

Professor Schmidt will focus on the history of Islam in Denmark and the activism of Muslim communities in Nørrebro (a centrally located neighbourhood 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.

Jonas Otterbeck, Professor of Islamic Studies, Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations.

Time and Venue
Wednesday 4 September 2019, 18.00-19.30
Atrium Conference Room,
Aga Khan Centre,
10 Handyside Street,
London N1C 4DN

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Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations

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