Community has been a topic of interest in sociology since the very beginnings, and religion specifically is often seen as inseparable from that form of social interaction. Concepts of secularization and socialization have moved the community topic into the background, but the persistence of religious communities even in modern societies is evident. Communities are thus moving into the area of focus for the sociology of religion. In this context, what's the contribution of the sociology of religion to the research of religious communities? That's is the topic oft he following paper applied to "newer Muslim communities".