Islam and Muslims in Germany

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In the European discourse of post 9/11 reality, concepts such as “Multiculturalism”, “Integration” and “European Islam” are becoming more and more topical. The empirically- based contributions in this volume aim to reflect the variety of current Muslim social practices and life-worlds in Germany. The volume goes beyond the fragmented methods of minority case studies and the monolithic view of Muslims as portrayed by mass media to present fresh theoretical approaches and in-depth analyses of a rich mosaic of communities, cultures and social practices. Issues of politics, religion, society, economics, media, art, literature, law and gender are addressed. The result is a vibrant state-of-the-art publication of studies of real-life communities and individuals.

Contributors are Kilian Bälz, Kea Eilers, Friedmann Eissler, Konrad Hirschler, Jeanette S. Jouili, Melanie Kamp, Matthias Kulinna, Judith Pies, Claudia Preckel, Robert Pütz, Mathias Rohe, Sabine Schiffer, Verena Schreiber, Christoph Schumann†, Wolfgang G. Schwanitz, Clara Seitz, Faruk Şen, Viola Shafik, Yafa Shanneik, Martin Sökefeld, Margrete Søvik, Levent Tezcan, Jörn Thielmann, Nikola Tietze and Maria Wurm.

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Biographical Note

Ala Al-Hamarneh, Ph.D. in human geography (1994), is assistant professor in human geography and a researcher in the Center for Research on the Arab World at the University of Mainz. Issues of migration, poverty, globalization of services and cinematic geo-hermeneutics are in the centre of his academic research.
Jörn Thielmann, Ph.D. (2001) in Islamic Studies, Ruhr-University Bochum, is since 2009 Executive Director of the Erlangen Centre for Islam and Law in Europe at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg.
He is particulary interested in the anthropology of Islam and in Islamic normativities in a transnational context.

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Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title Award Winner, December 2008.

Readable and authoritative chapters on prayer leaders, the legal status of Islamic contracts, the growing importance since the 1980s of identity politics, gender issues, South Asian Muslims, pop music, language and educational issues, Muslims as consumers, and how Muslims are portrayed in the German media make this book a must for anyone interested in the changing face of Islam in Germany today. D.F. Eickelman,CHOICE, 2008

Together the chapters provide a broad and interesting overview over many important aspects of the dynamic process in which Muslims and Islam are becoming a part of German society. Af Heiko Henkel, Tidsskrift for Islamforskning, 2010

Table of contents

Acknowledgements
List of Tables, Figures, Maps and Illustrations
List of Contributors
Islam and Muslims in Germany: An Introductory Exploration, Jörn Thielmann

PART I - FRAMING OF MUSLIM LIFE WORLDS ( LEBENSWELTEN)
Euro-Islam: Some Empirical Evidences, Faruk Şen
Islamic Norms in Germany and Europe, Mathias Rohe
Religiousness among Young Muslims in Germany, Kea Eilers, Clara Seitz, Konrad Hirschler

PART II - ISLAM AND SOCIAL PRACTICE
Governmentality, Pastoral Care and Integration, Levent Tezcan
Prayer Leader, Counselor, Teacher, Social Worker, and Public Relations Officer—On the Roles and Functions of Imams in Germany, Melanie Kamp
Christian-Muslim Encounter—Recent Issues and Perspectives, Friedmann Eissler
The Bellicose Birth of Euro-Islam in Berlin, Wolfgang G. Schwanitz

PART III - COMMUNITIES AND IDENTITIES
Muslims’ Collective Self-description as Refl ected in the Institutional Recognition of Islam: The Islamic Charta of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany and Case Law in German Courts, Nikola Tietze
Islamic Instruction in German Public Schools: The Case of North-Rhine-Westphalia, Margrete Søvik
Difficult Identifications: The Debate on Alevism and Islam in Germany, Martin Sökefeld
Philosophers, Freedom Fighters, Pantomimes: South Asian Muslims in Germany, Claudia Preckel

PART IV - CULTURE
Turkish-German Filmmaking: From Phobic Liminality to Transgressive Glocality? Viola Shafik
A Literary Dialogue of Cultures: Arab Authors in Germany, Yafa Shanneik
The Entertainment of a Parallel Society? Turkish Popular Music in Germany, Maria Wurm

PART V - MEDIA
“I can watch both sides”—Media Use among Young Arabs in Germany, Judith Pies
Islam in German Media, Sabine Schiffer
The Turkish Press in Germany: A Public In-between Two Publics? Christoph Schumann

PART VI - GENDER
Re-fashioning the Self through Religious Knowledge: How Muslim Women Become Pious in the German Diaspora, Jeanette S. Jouili
Gender in Transition: The Connectedness of Gender and Ethnicity in Biographies of Female Entrepreneurs of Turkish Background, Verena Schreiber

PART VII - ISLAMIC ECONOMIES OR BUSINESS AS USUAL?
Transculturality as Practice: Turkish Entrepreneurs in Germany, Robert Pütz
The Construction of ‘Turks in Germany’ as a Target Group of Marketing, Matthias Kulinna
Islamic Financing Transactions in European Courts, Kilian Bälz
General Index

Readership

All interested in the diversity and richness of Muslim life-worlds and practices in Germany in the fields of politics, religion, society, law, economics, gender, media and culture.

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