Organizing Muslims and Integrating Islam in Germany, Kerstin Rosenow-Williams analyzes the challenges faced by Islamic organizations in Germany since the beginning of the 21st century. Outlining the expectations German political actors have of Islamic organizations and the internal interests of these organizations, the author illustrates that organizational response strategies involve patterns not only of adaptation, but also of decoupling and protest. The study introduces an innovative research framework based on organizational sociology and provides empirical insights into three major Islamic umbrella organizations (DITIB, IGMG, ZMD) and their relationships with other actors.
The comprehensive analysis of the German institutional environment and related developments in Islamic organizations makes this study highly relevant to scholars and politicians, as well as the general public.
Kerstin Rosenow-Williams, Ph.D., is a researcher at the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict at Ruhr University Bochum. She has published on Islamic organizations and on integration and migration policies from a German, European, and transatlantic perspective.
"Insgesamt bietet die Studie einen umfangreichen Überblick über die höchste Ebene des muslimischen Verbandswesens in Deutschland […]." – Mohammed Khallouk, in:
islam.de, 26 October 2013
"In this highly original study, [...], Kerstin Rosenow-Williams combines a carefully articulated theoretical approach and intensive field research to analyse Muslim attitudes to German society." – Jason Dean, in:
Journal of Contemporary Religion 29/1 (2014), 148-149 [DOI:
"...this is now the principle reference work on the organizations it deals with, as well as being the new benchmark for future research in this field." – Mathias Rohe, in:
Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations (first published online September 17, 2014) [DOI:
"...a truly outstanding academic achievement." – Murad Wilfried Hofman, in:
Journal of Islamic Studies (first published online October 1, 2014) [DOI:
"Rosenow-Williams should be congratulated for anlayzing [sic] Islamic organizations in Germany without ideological preconceptions. Her study, which reveals their pragmatic decisions and specific organizational logics, will enable different political and social actors to understand the needs that drive Islamic functionaries and the (im)possibility of their choosing alternatives in specific situations—which understanding is crucial for any sincere dialogue with the Muslim communities in Germany." – Riem Spielhaus, in:
The European Legacy 21/4 (2016), 455-456 [DOI:
Anyone interested in Islamic organizations, including scholars, politicians, and the general public, undergraduate and postgraduate students of religious studies, social sciences, and organizational sociology, and specialized libraries and research institutes.