Arndt Emmerich is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Max Weber Institute of Sociology at Heidelberg University, studying intercultural and interreligious encounters between Jews and Muslims in Germany. Prior to that, he was a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity and a Research Officer with the Changing Structures of Islamic Authority project at the University of Oxford. Using a variety of qualitative research methods, he has focused on generational and institutional transformations within local mosque communities in Germany and Britain. In his book, “Islamic Movements in India”, he drew on insights from political sociology, social movement theory and Islamic studies to analyze the ways religious groups utilize spiritual, material and organizational strategies for collective action, community development and political alignment. Emmerich has taught courses in cultural sociology, social theory, development studies and qualitative research methods. He holds an MPhil and DPhil in International Development from the University of Oxford and a BA in Sociology from the University of Essex.
Current research project
Muslim-Jewish encounter, diversity & distance in urban Europe: Religion, culture and social model (ENCOUNTERS), in cooperation with Birkbeck University of London, University of Durham, University of Strasbourg, Sciences Po, and Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.
Emmerich, A. 2020, Islamic movements in India: moderation and its discontents, London: Routledge.
Reviewed in: Commonwealth & Comparative Politics; Journal of Asian Affairs; Revue des mondes musulmans et de la Méditerranée.
Featured in: Times of India, BBC, Al Jazeera, The Diplomat, New Indian Express, The News Minute, Scroll, India Today, Open Magazine, First Post, Onmanorama, Boom Fact Check.
Emmerich, A. 2023, “Arrival of Legal Salafism and the Struggle for Recognition in Germany – Reflection and Adaptation Processes within the German Da’wa movement between 2001 and 2022,” Politics and Religion, 16(3), 416-434.
Emmerich, A. (2023), “(Un)Wanted Partners: Muslim Politics and Third Front Coalitions in India,” India Review, 22(5), 1-22.
Emmerich, A. 2022, "Masks, Mosques and Lockdowns: Islamic Organisations Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic in Germany", Entangled Religions, 12 (3), 1-21.
Emmerich, A. 2022, “Germany’s first Muslim-Christian kindergarten: Temporalities multiplicities and processes in interreligious dialogue”, Social Compass, 69 (4), 578-595.
Emmerich, A. 2021, "Language change and persistence within Turkish mosques in Germany – Transnational ties and domestic demands", Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (First View) 1-20.
Emmerich, A. 2020, “Salafi Youth Activism in Britain: A Social Movement Perspective”, Journal of Muslims in Europe, 9(3), 373-303.
Emmerich, A. 2019, “Political education and legal pragmatism of Muslim organizations in India. A study of the changing nature of Muslim minority politics”, Asian Survey, 59(3), 451-473.
Emmerich, A. with Ebbiary, A. (forthcoming), “Becoming Salafi: Salafiphobia, philo-Salafism and new trends in the study of Salafi women”, Cambridge Companion to Women and Islam, Cambridge University Press.
Emmerich, A (2023) Provincializing dialogue: Post-secular governance networks and brokerage of religious diversity in a Northern German town, for edited Volume, Dialogue and Beyond - The Sites, Practices and Materialities of Interfaith Encounter in Europe. Routledge, 71-87.
Religion in Public (2023), Political accommodation of Salafism in Germany: A long-term view.
Max Planck Institute Blog (2022), Exploring Frankfurt’s Deep-Story and Impact on Jewish-Muslim Encounters
Deutsche Welle/ Qantara (2022), Interfaith cooperation and integration - Germany’s first Christian-Muslim kindergarten,
Deutsche Welle/ Qantara (2022), Der lange Weg zur ersten christlich-muslimischen Kita [The long journey to the first Christian Muslim kindergarten]
IslamIQ (2022), Sprachwandel in Moscheen – eine Analyse [Language Change in Mosques – an Analysis].
Max Planck Institute Blog (2022), Language change and persistence within Turkish mosques in Germany.
Theo.Logik – Religion Inside (2022), “Mosques and Muslim Youth in Germany” in Kirchenaustritte - und dann? [What comes after leaving the Church?], Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting).