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Governing Islam Abroad Exporting Imams

Governing Islam Abroad : Exporting Imams [Since the 1970s, Turkey and Morocco have sent delegations of imams abroad to provide religious services to their diasporas in Western Europe. As time has gone by, the details of these religious activities have become routine elements in the international relations of these home states with receiving states such as France and Germany. When religion becomes an object of state policy, it also becomes an issue that can be integrated into the same agendas, bullet points, and evaluation schemes, as any other public policy issue. This process is reflected in the perspective adopted by state employees in their day-to-day management of religious affairs, even when it concerns a politically charged issue such as sending imams abroad. This chapter provides an in-depth analysis of the actors and diplomatic procedures involved in sending delegations of home state religious officials to foreign countries, while arguing that the rationalization of religious affairs as part of the state administration facilitates its transformation into a standardized object of bilateral diplomatic cooperation.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
ISBN
978-3-319-78663-6
Pages
165 –218
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-78664-3_6
Publisher site
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Abstract

[Since the 1970s, Turkey and Morocco have sent delegations of imams abroad to provide religious services to their diasporas in Western Europe. As time has gone by, the details of these religious activities have become routine elements in the international relations of these home states with receiving states such as France and Germany. When religion becomes an object of state policy, it also becomes an issue that can be integrated into the same agendas, bullet points, and evaluation schemes, as any other public policy issue. This process is reflected in the perspective adopted by state employees in their day-to-day management of religious affairs, even when it concerns a politically charged issue such as sending imams abroad. This chapter provides an in-depth analysis of the actors and diplomatic procedures involved in sending delegations of home state religious officials to foreign countries, while arguing that the rationalization of religious affairs as part of the state administration facilitates its transformation into a standardized object of bilateral diplomatic cooperation.]

Published: Aug 26, 2018

Keywords: Religious Officials; Diyanet; Religious Personnel; Turkish Religious; Moroccan State

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