Valedictory Lecture of Prof. Thijl Sunier

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EZIRE expresses its sincere thanks to Prof. Thijl Sunier for the long-term cooperation and looks forward to continuing to benefit from his excellent expertise on Islam in European societies, especially the formation of religious authority. Thijl Sunier was for many years a professor of anthropology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and is the editor of the Journal of Muslims in Europe.

On October 28, he gave his valedictory lecture, in which he addressed the Janus-face of the bureaucratic incorporation of Islam in Western European societies. Using examples from his own field research, he reflected on the question of how the position of Islam and Muslims in Europe will develop in the next years.

His full speech can be read here.