American Imam

American Imam is the title of an article I have written for Inside Islam: Dialogues and Debates, a collaboration between UW-Madison’s nine area and international studies centers, Wisconsin Public Radio, and the public.

Islam at times can seem, to the outside observer, to be a peculiar religion in that there is no formally established hierarchy or pecking order. There is no priesthood, no monasticism (though there are traditions of asceticism). A Muslim’s “confession” of sin is directed solely to God without an intermediary, so to speak, as is the role of the priest in Catholic traditions. In this context, what is the role of an imam? How does it differ from other religious traditions?

Read the rest of the article here. My many thanks to Colin and Inside Islam for reaching out to me.