Emin Poljarevic

Project Responsibilities: Scandinavia news and research

Positions: Affiliated researcher with the Department of Political Social Studies at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy

 

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Area of Expertise:

  • Modern Islamic History
  • Islamist Social Movements
  • Islam and Muslim Minorities in Scandinavia
  • Sociology of Islam

Background:
Emin Poljarevic holds a PhD (2012) and M.Res. from the European University Institute (2008MA from the University of Uppsala (2006) and ). Previously he worked as a research assistant and project coordinator at the Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University (2004-2007). Here he conducted research on social security issues in Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia.  During his PhD studies, he was a visiting assistant professor at the SAXO Institute, University of Copenhagen (2010/11). Poljarevic has presented papers at an extensive range of conferences, and has published several book chapters and articles. His current research interests intersect between social movement studies, the study of state repression, and dynamics of social motivations. At the time he is developing a postdoctoral research project intended to explore patterns of socio-political shifts in the Middle East and North Africa with special focus on Islamist social movement organizations.

Libyan organization takes over Scandinavia’s largest mosque

Ownership of the largest mosque in Scandinavia – Islamic Center in Malmoe – has been taken over by the Libyan organization World Islamic Call Society.

The mosque was in heavy debt after an arson incident in 2003. The founder and chairman of the Islamic Center, Bejzat Becirov, says he could see no other options than to take the offer from the Libyan organization – which also contributed to Islamic Center when it was founded in the early 1980s.

Professor emeritus Jan Hjärpe believs this can be an attempt to counter Muammar Khaddafi’s bad reputation amongst many Muslims in the diaspora. Hjärpe doesn’t believe the change in ownership will effect mosque activities.