Conference programme – “Imams in Western Europe”

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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

at LUISS Guido Carli University (Viale Pola 12, Aula Magna)

1:15 PM


Welcome session

2 PM

Welcome by LUISS School of Government:
Giovanni Orsina

Welcome by the conveners:
Mohammed Hashas, LUISS Guido Carli
Niels Valdemar Vinding, University of Copenhagen
Khalid Hajji, CEOM
Jan Jaap De Ruiter, NISIS
Chair: Francesca Corrao, LUISS Guido Carli

Public Opening Afternoon Session: Religious Authority in Secular Societies

2:30 PM

Keynote 1: Jasser Auda, European Council for Fatwa and Research, Ireland
“Imams in the West: Challenges of New Fatwa and Community Leadership”
Discussant: Mohammed Hashas, LUISS Guido Carli
Questions and comments
Chair: Giovanni Orsina, LUISS Guido Carli

3:30 PM

Keynote 2: Jorgen Nielsen, University of Copenhagen
“Imams in Europe: the Confusions of a Title”
Discussant: Oliver Scharbrodt, University of Chester
Questions and comments
Chair: Carmela Decaro, LUISS Guido Carli

4:30 PM

Coffee break

5:00 PM

Keynote 3: Stefano Allievi, University of Padova
“Precarious Reality, Distorted Visibility: Mosques, Imams and Preachers in Italy”
Discussant: Thijl Sunier, University of Amsterdam
Questions and comments
Chair: Raffaele Marchetti, LUISS Guido Carli

6:00 PM

Roundtable 1
Jasser Auda,
Jorgen S. Nielsen,
Stefano Allievi,
Khalid Hajji,
Abdellah Redouane (Secretary General of the Islamic Cultural Center of Rome),
Francesco Zannini (PISAI, Rome)
Chair: Francesca Corrao, LUISS Guido Carli

6:45 PM

End of the day’s programme

7 PM

Dinner (speakers only)

Thurday, 6 November 2014

at LUISS Guido Carli University (Viale Pola 12, Aula Magna)

8:30 AM

Session 1: The Imamate in Italy: The Status Quo and the Way Ahead
Paolo Branca, “Imams in Italy: Children of a Lesser God?”
Valentina Gentile, “Religious Institutions and Multiple Establishment: The Future of Religious Freedom in Italy”
Francesco Alicino, “Imams and other Religious Authorities in Italy: A Comparative Perspective”
Imam Yahya Pallavicini, “The Training of a New Generation of European Imams in Italy”
Chair: Antonio La Spina, LUISS Guido Carli

10:00 AM

Coffee break

10:30 AM

Keynote 4: Hilary Kalmbach, Sussex University, UK
“Authority in Islam: Men, Women, and Religious Leadership in Europe”
Discussant: Riem Spielhaus, University of Erlangen-Nurnberg
Questions and comments
Chair: Ersilia Francesca, L’Orientale University of Naples

11:30 AM

Session 2: Giving voice to religious authority

Melanie Kamp, “Religious Authority and Media Practices of Imams and Du’at – A Case Study from Germany”
Sara Silvestri, “ISIS’ Caliphate: What Authority for Muslims in the West?”
Sara Borrillo, “Murshidat in Moroccan Mosques: A New Female Religious Authority?”
Chair: Zaid Eyadat, University of Jordan

12:45 PM                     Lunch (speakers only)

The State and the Imamate: Negotiating Authority, Recognizing Institutionalizations

2 PM

Keynote 5: Jonathan Laurence, Boston College, “The Imam and the State”
Discussant: Niels Valdemar Vinding, University of Copenhagen
Chair: Michael Driessen, John Cabot University

3 PM

Session 3: Imams and the Struggle for Recognition in Europe

Jan Jaap de Ruiter, “The ideological struggle of Imams in the Netherlands”
Evrim Ersan Akkilic, “Imams in Austria: The crucial role of Imams in the integration process”
Romain Sèze, “For a visible Islam. The emergence of a protest speech in French mosques?”
Chair: Samim Akgönül , Marc Bloch University in Strasbourg

4 PM

Coffee break

4:30 PM

Session 4: Making Islam Work in Europe: Aesthetics and Authority

Thijl Sunier, “Aesthetics of Islamic Authority: Making Islam Work in Europe”
Farid El Asri, “Modèle(s) de formations des imams en Europe”
Tuomas Martikainen, “Efforts to Establish Imam Training in Finland”
Chair: Oliver Scharbrodt, University of Chester

5:45 PM

Roundtable 2:
Jonathan Laurence,
Hilary Kalmbach,
Riita Latvio (Forum for Culture and Religion FOKUS, Finland),
Shaukat Warraich (Faith Associates and Imams on Line Programme CEO, UK ),
Solenne Jouanneau (University of Strasbourg)
Chair: Federico Cresti, University of Catania

6:30 PM

End of the day’s programme

7 PM

Dinner (speakers only)

Friday, 7 November 2014

At John Cabot University (Lungotevere Raffaello Sanzio, 12, Room TG4)

9:30 AM

Keynote 6: Marco Ventura, University of Louvain,
“Training Religious Personnel in Europe: The Islamic Challenge”
Discussant: Domenico Melidoro, LUISS Guido Carli
Chair: Tom Bailey, John Cabot University

10:30 AM

Coffee break

10:45 AM

Session 5: Training imams in Europe
Atif Imtiaz, “Contextualising Islam in the United Kingdom: A Matter of Confidence?”
Riem Spielhaus, “Establishing Islamic Theology to Train Imams in Germany?”
Kirstine Sinclair, “Islamic Universities in the West and Questions of Authenticity:
Educating Tomorrow’s Muslim Community Leadership”
Chair: Khalid Hajji, CEOM

12:00 PM

Coffee Break

12:15 PM

Session 6: Training imams in Europe (continued)
Juan Ferreiro Galguera, “Imam’s Training in Spain”
Cédriq Baylocq, “A Critical Imâm inside the Brotherhood Network”
Mansur Ali, “British Imams in Chaplaincy: Working at the Interface of ‘Public’ and ‘Private’”
Chair: Jan Jaap de Ruiter, University of Tilburg

1:30 PM

Lunch (speakers only)

End of the conference