Denmark, like many other European countries, is host to a growing population of Muslims. The increasing visibility of Islam, combined with events such as the publication of cartoons seemingly mocking the Prophet Muhammad in a Danish newspaper in 2005, have lead to larger debates over whether it is possible for Muslims to integrate into Danish society.
On October 12, Dr. Todd Green, assistant professor of religion, will give a lecture at the Danish American Heritage Society Conference in Des Moines titled "In Search of a Danish Islam." Dr. Green will explore the challenges facing Muslims in contemporary Denmark when it comes to reconciling their religious and national identities. He will also share insights from the J-Term course he co-taught in 2013 with Dr. John Moeller, professor of political science, called Islam in Europe, a course that provided Luther students with the opportunity to visit Denmark and four other European countries to study the larger challenges facing the integration of Muslims in Europe.
Dr. Green holds a B.A. from Birmingham-Southern College, an M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He joined the faculty of Luther College in 2008.