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Life in Germany: Lessons in Islam Now Offered

A recent story in The New York Times examined the addition of classes in Islam to some German public schools. The aim of the classes is two-fold: (1) to better integrate Muslims into German society and (2) to counter “the growing influence of radical religious thinking.” Read the full story here. Each of the sixteen German states is responsible for its education system and non-compulsory religious study. Islamic study is available in some form in all former West German states and none of the former East German states (which have fewer Muslim immigrants historically). One teacher took 240 extra hours…

Islam in Germany: Germans See Islam as a Threat

A recent survey put together by the Bertelsmann Foundation found that over half of all Germans believe that Islam does not fit into the Western world, according to Deutsche Welle. The survey was done in 13 countries with 14,000 respondents. Read the full story here. “Among the Germans, 85 percent agreed or tended to agree that one should be open towards all religions. They saw most religions as an enrichment, especially Christianity, also Judaism and Buddhism, but a majority of 51 percent saw Islam as a threat.” One author of the study, Detlef Pollack, notes that lack of personal contact between Christians…

Islam in Germany: Two Different Views

Deutsche Welle ran two stories on Islam and Muslims in Germany within five days of each other, but the stories had different takes on Islam in Germany. From the academics viewpoint, the first story praised the success of Islamic theology courses in German universities. The courses only began three years ago but according to the article, are already having an impact on the German religious landscape. The addition of Islamic studies and theology was “the logical conclusion of a productive examination of the field of academic theology in Germany,” said Reinhard Schulze, who teaches Islam at the University of Berne in Switzerland….

Islam in Europe: To Be in EU, Turkey Must Have Religious Freedom

“A leading ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Turkey on Wednesday to show it was serious about defending religious freedoms if it wanted to join the EU, saying it should let Christians build churches without restrictions,” says a Reuters story featured in yesterday’s Chicago Tribune. Before membership talks continue, Volker Kauder, leader of Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) in parliament, called for a “clear signal” on the issue from Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. “A country that wants to be part of Europe must accept the basic principle of religious freedom,” he said. Read the full story here. Turkey is a…

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