Shiite "Communities of Practice" in Germany

Robert Langer, Benjamin Weineck
2017 Journal of Muslims in Europe  
Although few in number, the various Shiite Muslim communities in Germany are highly diversified in terms of their linguistic, national and ethnic backgrounds and ritual practice. In order to come to terms with these multi-local actors and their specific articulations of Shiism, the article aimes at an analytical framework that integrates an open understanding of belonging: employing Leave and Wenger's concept of "communities of practice", it argues that a focus on common practice in which
more » ... geneous actors engage, enables us to grasp, on the one hand, the varying specific characteristics of different groups and, on the other, their mutual belonging to the wider Shiite field.
doi:10.1163/22117954-12341351 fatcat:xtd2trcolne7tnr2fvdsaz66j4