These pages show completed projects. Note that the pages and descriptions have not been updated since the project ended.
The research team consists of:
Dr Mark Sedgwick (project leader), an Islamologist who is a professor in the Department of Society and Culture, and Coordinator of the Islamic Cultures and Societies Research Unit. Sedgwick has worked on development and change in Islamic theology in the context of the Muslim world and also in European contexts. Much of his work relates religious belief to social and ideological contexts.
Dr Lene Kühle, a sociologist of religion who is an associate professor in the Department of Society and Culture. Kühle has worked on mosques and imams in Denmark, and also on how religious pluralism is evolving in society as a whole as well as in specific institutions, notably prisons. She is a standard authority on the Danish Islamic ‘scene.’
Dr Sally Anderson, an anthropologist who is an associate professor in the Department of Education. Anderson has worked extensively on children and enculturation in Danish public schools and leisure associations. At present she is studying religious and citizen education in faith-based Danish free-schools: Jewish, Christian and Muslim.
Dr Laura Gilliam, an anthropologist who is an associate professor in theDepartment of Education. Gilliam has done research in various contexts on how children construct ethnic and religious identities. One part of this research concerns how ethnic minority children in a Danish school come to identify themselves as ‘Muslim’ and ‘troublemakers’ in conflictual opposition to ‘Danes.’
Iram Khawaja, a psychologist who is an assistant professor in the Department of Education. Khawaja's PhD work on "Young Muslims in Religious Collectivities: Constructions of Muslimness, belonging and identity" (Roskilde University, 2009) continued earlier work on young Muslims, including those in schools.
Dr Marianne Holm Pedersen, an anthropologist at the Danish Folklore Archives. Pedersen's PhD work on “Ritual Practice and Belonging: Change and Continuity in the Lives of Iraqi Families in Denmark” (University of Copenhagen, 2008) included analysis of how the influence of both religion and institutions intersected in the upbringing of children.
Sidsel Vive Jensen, a sociologist of religion who is a PhD student in the Department of Society and Culture. Jensen's MA thesis, “Efter profetens eksempel. En undersøgelse af værdier blandt unge pakistanske muslimer i Danmark,” dealt with the connection between the faith and values of young Danish Muslims, and on how their value system differs from the general Danish value system.