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What do German Muslims think?

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DITIB-Zentralmoschee_Kln-EhrenfeldSmallA new report finds that half of all Germans feel that Islam is a threat and is not a fit for Germany.  

The findings of the report by Bertelsman Foundation are deeply troubling.

The 2010 IHRC report GERMANY, MUSLIMS, CIVIL SOCIETY AND CITIZENSHIP: Expectations and experiences of Muslim organisations has been made available for free download as a PDF this week on the IHRC website to provide interested readers with an insight into the thinking of Muslim civil society leaders in Germany.

You can buy a hard copy from the IHRC on-line shop in English here, and in German here, or buy a download (PDF) version in German from here.

A summary of the report follows.

germany_muslims_civil_society1In 2007 – 08, Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) undertook a survey of Muslim civil society organizations in Germany.

The aim was to assess according to their view, the priorities and concerns of Muslims in Germany as opposed to the way government and political discourse present Muslim communities.

This book is an analysis of the results of that survey by Margit Liebhart.  Combined with an overview of existing work in the field, Liebhart highlights minority issues within the context of Muslim-Germany in an effort to “assist those who wish to seek positive change in structuring minority-majority relations” in Germany and beyond. 

The report illustrates that despite the strong Islamic roots embedded in the 3.5 million Islamic population of Germany, little has been done to achieve a permanent presence of Islam. This lack of presence partly emanates from a lack of “formal German citizenship,” and the “Guest-workers perception,” both of which she explores in detail. 

Moreover, although she purports that different sects of Islam must unite in identifying “’Islamic values’ that bind them together in order to be represented as one religious community,” she uses Ameli and Merali (2004) to illustrate that despite this seeming divide, there was a “single Muslim experience” amongst the different sections of Islamic society. Liebhart’s study demonstrates that Islamophobia is ever-present.  Addressing it is hampered by State complicity, Muslim alienation both self-imposed and as a result of discrimination by the state, and with a lack of education and subsequent misunderstandings on the part of the non-Muslims accountable for this phenomenon in Germany. 

Methodology

IHRC conducted a survey which asked a series of questions pertinent to the expectations and experiences of Muslim organisations.  The qualitative data and responses from participants highlighted issues pertaining to demarcation of the Muslims in Germany that stemmed from misconceptions that non-Muslims had about “symbols of categorization,” for example the relevance of the veil. The results of the survey demonstrated “the need for urgent improvements” regarding the understanding of Islam and the meaning of its traditions in the majority society, in an attempt to attain a mutual understanding between the Muslim and non-Muslim communities of Germany.

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