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Luis Manuel Hernández Aguilar

was not until 2011 that the issue was addressed. In this chapter I attend to the conceptual tensions and the political consequences of the dik ’s lexicon, contending that although “Muslim anti Semitism”, “Islamism”, and “hostility against Muslims” were presented as issues concurrently polarizing

Governing Muslims and Islam in Contemporary Germany

Race, Time, and the German Islam Conference

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Luis Hernández Aguilar

In 2006 against the background of the increasing problematization of Muslims and Islam in German public debate, the German government established the German Islam Conference. In a post 9/11 world, this was a time period shaped by the global war on terror, changes in the German naturalization law, the proliferation of racism targeting Muslims, and the expansion of security apparatuses. In Governing Muslims and Islam in Contemporary Germany Luis Manuel Hernández Aguilar critically analyzes the institutionalization of the Conference and the different projects this institution has set in motion to govern Islam and Muslims against the looming presence of racial representations of Muslims. The analysis begins with the foundation of the Conference until the end of its second phase in 2014.

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Luis Manuel Hernández Aguilar

the idea that to be a Muslim is to be a problem, yet a problem that can be solved through a process of temporal alignment, bringing pre-modern Muslims into the German present by integrative means as the way to secure the future. 3 Implicitly and explicitly the dik ’s discourses carry and promulgate

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Luis Manuel Hernández Aguilar

assimilation. Political emancipation was therefore presented as a promise and as a reward for those Jews who assimilate themselves by disavowing their religion and pledging their allegiance to the nation. 1 In contemporary Germany, Muslims have been accused of living in a world of their own: in unruly parallel

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Luis Manuel Hernández Aguilar

portrays a better past and positions the preceding Prussian times as an exemplary epoch to be reproduced in the present in order to build the future to come. Despite being conceived of as an outcome of the German past, tolerance does not carry any negative meanings, in effect, it serves to underscore the

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Luis Manuel Hernández Aguilar

biopolitical functioning of the German state through the dik , splitting the German population into integrated-real-Germans and non-integrated-yet-Muslims. Integration is a narrative of the present mounted on the premise and promise of attuning, aligning, and assimilating anachronic and atavistic subjects

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Luis Manuel Hernández Aguilar

, during the first years of the dik ’s existence, the narrative on gender was merely a nonperformative speech act (Ahmed, 2012), an institutional commitment whereby the dik presented itself—and Germany—as embodying these values, but not resulting in concrete plans or actions to solve the issue. Yet, the

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Luis Manuel Hernández Aguilar

the prerequisites to integrate Muslims in Germany, i.e., it focused on the deficits and challenges that Muslims present to the German state. A central topic discussed in this working group referred to the loyalty of Muslims to the liberal democratic order and value consensus in Germany. The second

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Luis Manuel Hernández Aguilar

guises; they are the eyes on the ground for the security authorities. The dik situates itself and its projects in the time tension between past and present; as such its work is informed by a historicist racial regime attempting to close the temporary gap that divides the Germans from Muslim. The dik