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Convert alert: German Muslims and Turkish Christians as threats to security in the New Europe

Ozyurek, Esra (2009) Convert alert: German Muslims and Turkish Christians as threats to security in the New Europe. Comparative Studies in Society and History, 51 (01). p. 91. ISSN 0010-4175

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S001041750900005X

Abstract

At the turn of the twenty-first century two countries—one at the center of Europe and the other at its periphery—officially declared converts to minority religions to be threats to national security. The first is Germany, where since early 2006 Minister of Interior Affairs Wolfgang Schäuble has repeatedly warned against the danger posed by German converts to Islam (e.g., Schmid 2007). Recently, after two German Muslims were caught collecting chemicals used to make explosives, the Christian Democrat Union (CDU) faction's leader Wolfgang Bosbach and its Bavarian Interior Minister Günther Beckstein suggested the government register and follow all who have converted to Islam (Küchen 2007). Bosbach said, “A convert registry only makes sense given that we know some of them may be radicalized after converting” (Ringel 2007).

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJourna...
Additional Information: © 2009 Society for the Comparative Study of Society and History
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2013 11:28
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2019 01:22
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/53713

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