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Being German, becoming Muslim: race, religion, and conversion in the new Europe

Ozyurek, Esra (2014) Being German, becoming Muslim: race, religion, and conversion in the new Europe. Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics. Princeton University Press, Princeton, USA. ISBN 9780691162782

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Identification Number: 10.23943/princeton/9780691162782.001.0001


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.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2014 Princeton University Press
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2015 15:23
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2024 03:06

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