American Born Imams: Negotiating Clerical Responsibilities and Expectations

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Anas Askar (Creator)
East Carolina University (ECU )
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Abstract: This inductive , exploratory study seeks to understand in detail the personal perspectives and career paths that American born Imams experience as they become religious leaders. In doing so , this study will examine their objectives and goals for the religious communities in which they reside and are integrally related. More specifically , this study analyzes the responsibilities and expectations with which imams must contend on a daily basis. Symbolic interactionism frames these issues and , at the same time , is the driving force behind an understanding of the imams' experiences as well as those of other important actors in Muslim communities. Employing structured and in-depth interviews , this convenience sample of American born imams addresses key questions which inductively give rise to three major themes: imams currently receive inadequate training for their positions as religious leaders in their communities; the relationship between the mosque board and an imam can directly reinforce or mitigate against problems within the religious community; and certain fundamental advantages along with disadvantages emerge for imams who are American born.

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Language: English
Date: 2017
Muslims, Board

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