Being German, Becoming Muslim provides a fresh window into the connections and tensions stemming from a growing religious phenomenon in Germany and beyond.
Author: Esra Özyürek
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Category: Social Science
Every year more and more Europeans, including Germans, are embracing Islam. It is estimated that there are now up to one hundred thousand German converts—a number similar to that in France and the United Kingdom. What stands out about recent conversions is that they take place at a time when Islam is increasingly seen as contrary to European values. Being German, Becoming Muslim explores how Germans come to Islam within this antagonistic climate, how they manage to balance their love for Islam with their society's fear of it, how they relate to immigrant Muslims, and how they shape debates about race, religion, and belonging in today’s Europe. Esra Özyürek looks at how mainstream society marginalizes converts and questions their national loyalties. In turn, converts try to disassociate themselves from migrants of Muslim-majority countries and promote a denationalized Islam untainted by Turkish or Arab traditions. Some German Muslims believe that once cleansed of these accretions, the Islam that surfaces fits in well with German values and lifestyle. Others even argue that being a German Muslim is wholly compatible with the older values of the German Enlightenment. Being German, Becoming Muslim provides a fresh window into the connections and tensions stemming from a growing religious phenomenon in Germany and beyond.
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Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shiʿite South Beirut Ësra Özyürek, Being German, Becoming Muslim: Race, Religion, and Conversion in the New ...
Author: David Kloos
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Category: Social Science
How do ordinary Muslims deal with and influence the increasingly pervasive Islamic norms set by institutions of the state and religion? Becoming Better Muslims offers an innovative account of the dynamic interactions between individual Muslims, religious authorities, and the state in Aceh, Indonesia. Relying on extensive historical and ethnographic research, David Kloos offers a detailed analysis of religious life in Aceh and an investigation into today’s personal processes of ethical formation. Aceh is known for its history of rebellion and its recent implementation of Islamic law. Debunking the stereotypical image of the Acehnese as inherently pious or fanatical, Kloos shows how Acehnese Muslims reflect consciously on their faith and often frame their religious lives in terms of gradual ethical improvement. Revealing that most Muslims view their lives through the prism of uncertainty, doubt, and imperfection, he argues that these senses of failure contribute strongly to how individuals try to become better Muslims. He also demonstrates that while religious authorities have encroached on believers and local communities, constraining them in their beliefs and practices, the same process has enabled ordinary Muslims to reflect on moral choices and dilemmas, and to shape the ways religious norms are enforced. Arguing that Islamic norms are carried out through daily negotiations and contestations rather than blind conformity, Becoming Better Muslims examines how ordinary people develop and exercise their religious agency.
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Purdah in Pakistan: Seclusion and Modern Occupations for Women.” In Separate
Author: Alisa Perkins
Publisher: NYU Press
Explores how Muslim Americans test the boundaries of American pluralism In 2004, the al-Islah Islamic Center in Hamtramck, Michigan, set off a contentious controversy when it requested permission to use loudspeakers to broadcast the adhān, or Islamic call to prayer. The issue gained international notoriety when media outlets from around the world flocked to the city to report on what had become a civil battle between religious tolerance and Islamophobic sentiment. The Hamtramck council voted unanimously to allow mosques to broadcast the adhān, making it one of the few US cities to officially permit it through specific legislation. Muslim American City explores how debates over Muslim Americans’ use of both public and political space have challenged and ultimately reshaped the boundaries of urban belonging. Drawing on more than ten years of ethnographic research in Hamtramck, which boasts one of the largest concentrations of Muslim residents of any American city, Alisa Perkins shows how the Muslim American population has grown and asserted itself in public life. She explores, for example, the efforts of Muslim American women to maintain gender norms in neighborhoods, mosques, and schools, as well as Muslim Americans’ efforts to organize public responses to municipal initiatives. Her in-depth fieldwork incorporates the perspectives of both Muslims and non-Muslims, including Polish Catholics, African American Protestants, and other city residents. Drawing particular attention to Muslim American expressions of religious and cultural identity in civil life—particularly in response to discrimination and stereotyping—Perkins questions the popular assumption that the religiosity of Muslim minorities hinders their capacity for full citizenship in secular societies. She shows how Muslims and non-Muslims have, through their negotiations over the issues over the use of space, together invested Muslim practice with new forms of social capital and challenged nationalist and secularist notions of belonging.
... Maji Maji War , German administrators became concerned about the activities
of the people they called pseudo - mwallim or Schamba - Waalimu , literally field -
waalimu , in other words , rural teachers of Islam . In 1909 , they were said to be ...
Author: Felicitas Becker
Publisher: British Academy Postdoctoral F
Tanzania has moved from widespread conversion to Islam in the early twentieth century to recent bitter disputes over Islamic radicalism. Using a combination of government, mission and oral records, this volume examines the intellectual and social forces behind these transitions.
Besides the fact that such a procedure is costly , with the time of Muslim families
dwelling in Germany becoming ever ... have clarified that an animal killed after
stunning by electric shock has to be considered as ritually pure ( i . e . halāl ) .
He is a full - beard - wearing , to Islam converted , unemployed German Teacher .
... itself , the truth behind the decision to wear a headscarf , a sign of
fundamentalism , of the impossibility of being German or of ( her ) becoming German .
authoritarian governments , toe the line and pose little danger of becoming the
voice of the voiceless . ... in Germany that sermons in mosques should be
delivered not in Turkish but in German – ironic , given that Germany and other
Author: Haroon Siddiqui
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
"[The Groundwork Guides] are excellent books, mandatory for school libraries and the increasing body of young people prepared to take ownership of the situations and problems previous generations have left them." -- Globe and Mail Being Muslim presents an up-front and readable explanation of the most complex and emotion-laden issues of our troubled times. The varying branches of Islam are analyzed and their history outlined -- but the focus is on the present. In speaking about and crossing political, cultural and religious divisions, this book offers a unique perspective, forged in Canada, a country where people from everywhere on earth have found a way to live in peace. Terrorism. Wars. Jihad. Hijab. Polygamy. Muhammad's many wives. Muslim prayer. Female circumcision. Honor killings. Sharia. Stoning. Status of Muslim women. All these topics and more are tackled in this fascinating and informative book.
Given their diffuse sense of being threatened by Islam and the perceived
intolerance on the part of Islam , the Germans themselves are becoming ever
less willing to tolerate the Islamic faith . Fifty - six per cent of all respondents
agree with the ...
Author: Michel Korinman
Category: Social Science
This second book in the series Geopolitical Affairs concentrates on migration in the twenty-first century. Migration will be one of the biggest issues in world geopolitics in the years to come. Huge population flows are one of the key phenomena of the contemporary world. The book addresses the following questions: --- Kofi Annan's concept of the â??globalisation of the globeâ?? and of his idea that nation-states have had their day: do the world's major institutions share this view? What is the view of the Holy See, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and non-governmental organisations? --- The increasing problem of â??Eurabiaâ??: opinion polls in the United Kingdom, Germany, and the Netherlands show that societies are divided while politically correct ideas are imposed. Countries are in the process of disappearing. What is the relationship between established right-wing parties and nationalist right-wing parties? Will the conflict between the two be the principal political conflict in years to come? --- There is a debate in the Arab world on migration. What is the relationship between Arab Africa and Black Africa, between North and South? What is the purpose of Euro-Mediterranean summits? Is immigration an arm in the hands of the Maghreb (North Africa) and the Mashreq (the Arabic-speaking counties East of Egypt)? --- Africa itself is ever more destabilised by migratory flows. Political elites remain settled while ordinary people undertake ever more dangerous migrations in search of a better life. The Ivory Coast and Liberia are cases in point. What is the point of view of Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Ghana, and Liberia on the crisis in Ivory Coast? And what about the situation in Darfur and Chad: is the refugee crisis there being manipulated for political purposes? --- Is there a conflict between East and South? Western Europe has seen immigration from Africa and Eastern Europe. What is the relationship between migrants and the Mafia, especially people traffickers? The examples of Albanians, Kosovars, and Nigerians are relevant.
The alliance between the Muslim rulers and the German government proved to be solid and the Germans ' Muslim allies ... Second , in von Krogh ' s opinion , the German - Muslim alliance was becoming a burden in the task of finding a long ...
Both " willingly ” and unwillingly large numbers of Armenians became Muslims .
... that Islamicization constructively reinforced the Young Turks normative political
agendaIslam being a fundamental buttress of ... ll Likewise , the German ,
American , British ( and other ) governments are on record as protesting this
Author: Steven T. Katz
Category: Armenian massacres, 1915-1923
Steven T. Katz is Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University. In 1993, he held the 37th Leo Baeck Memorial Lecture at the Leo Baeck Institute New York. Katz reflects on the fate of European Jewry under the Third Reich with regard to the contemporary debate on the singularity of the Shoah. The question of to what degree the destruction of European Jewry does constitute a unique historical event is in the center of his analysis. In order to answer this question, Katz looks at the destruction of the Armenian community of Turkey during World War I and at Stalin's Gulag. In his opinion, the destruction of European Jewry stands alone not as a moral but as a phenomenological and historical novum. (Abstract by Laura Ewers).
About 4000 German inhabitants of Poland complained to the League that being Germans, they were not allowed admission to German Schools. ... Poland
protested, that by such interference in local matters, the League was becoming a
eties themselves are also forced to struction began , and in 1982 the ing in Germany visit a mosque regsearch their conscience and rede ... collection of
Koran edi - mosques have so far been inauguvalues becoming so diverging and
tions in the German language . rated in Germany . Another ... They were to be
differentiat the Islamic Archive Institute Islamic Community Milli Görüs , ed from
Arab Muslims .
It is particularly active in stabilizing the diaspora , in supporting believers who
need spiritual assistance so as to be able truly to ... Many members of the
Nurculuk movement are activists in the youth organization of the German Islamic
Council ( Federation of Muslim Scouts of Germany ) to help prevent young Muslims from turning to atheism before becoming acquainted with the religion of
their parents .
Germany . The counter - espionage service reports that Islamic Salvation Front (
FSI ) sympathisers have been involved in ... will be no control of Islamic radicals
crossing from France , has increased fears of Germany becoming involved in the
Algerian war . ... It has been reported that helicopters continue to be delivered .
In brief , while Islam became a kind of “ public enemy n ° 1 ” in France , it
remained mainly a “ Hinterhofkultur ” in Germany , being differently embedded in
a historical oedipal complexity . In fact , for both countries , working on Islam
Religion and Identity How Germany's foreigners have become Muslims By Riem
Spielhaus After decades in which immigrants ... The country's most important Islamic associations are striving for Islam to be officially recognized as a religious
corporation in Germany and be ... tests for applicants for German citizenship from
countries belonging to the Islamic League became issues for debates engaging ...
In Germany 51% of Muslims thought “many" or “most" Europeans were hostile to
them; in France 39% of Muslims had ... Partly in defiance, says Wemer Schiffauer
of the Europa Universiti-it Viadrina, “the Turkish community is becoming more Muslim," reinforced by a global quickening ... nearly half of Muslims consider their
religion to be more important than democracy; more alarming are the 9% who do
Significant conversion to Islam inland , however , gathered momentum in the German era , during and especially after the 1914–18 war . ... But some Bena became Muslims as well , and the Makonde and Mwere had a mwalimu in every
village by 1910 ( see Nimtz 1980 : 213 ) . There were many reasons for this
spread , the most important being an influx of Muslims from India from the 1880s
who gained ...
Author: Lissi Rasmussen
Publisher: I B Tauris & Company Limited
The author examines the establishment of both religions in the two countries, their relations with the colonial powers, the effect of religion on national independence movements, and the effect of religious questions on ethnicity in mixed communities, setting these issues against the background of the rise of Islamic revivalism and the connections between northern Nigeria and Middle Eastern Islamic states.
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That this vanished family wanted to be German did not mean that they wanted to
become Christian . ... The answer is a historical one : after the Young Turks ,
Turkish identity is consciously distanced from Muslim identity and after the Shoah
the idea of a German Jew in the older model of a ... For the ' Orientals ' ( that is ,
the Turks ) are simultaneously becoming Germans as the Jews are becoming
Author: Y. Michal Bodemann
Publisher: New Perspectives in German Stu
Among Jews in the Diaspora, recent years and especially recent months have seen a growing disenchantment with Israeli politics and with Israel's claim as the only legitimate basis for Jewish existence. At the same time, European Jews have begun to reassert their own traditions in contrast to both America and Israel. As the case of German Jewry makes clear, much of this return of Diaspora comes from the Jewish periphery: women, Russian Jewish immigrants, Jews not recognised by Jewish law and Gays and Lesbians. But German Jews are also facing the involvement of non-Jewish Germans in Jewish culture, as both a boost and as an irritant. Ten internationally distinguished scholars are addressing these and other issues.