Islamismus, Fundamentalismus und politischer Islam

(English) Defection from Islam: A Disturbing Human Rights Dilemma

(English) The discussion of human rights flares up when Muslims in an Islamic country convert to Christianity and are threatened with death, as happened a few years ago in Afghanistan and as happens from time to time in other Muslim countries. In the West we immediately regard this as an attack on human rights and a restriction of the freedom of religion, but, in fact, almost all of the Islamic countries signed the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, and they regard their actions as consistent with their understanding of human rights. Obviously we face a huge divergence of opinions on the nature of human rights and what it means to protect them, but what is the source of such fundamentally different ways of thinking?

(English) Is Multiculturalism (Multi-Culti) at an End?

(English) „Multi-culti“ – a catchword we all know. A concept that today is looked at rather critically but, in past decades, was to a large extent a guideline for the shared life of Christians and Muslims in Europe, even if by far not everyone was aware of this premise. Multi-culti – a result of an historical development into which we have stumbled rather than consciously planned and controlled. A development that, in addition, resulted from the false intellectual premises that accompanied the contemplation of the migration of Muslim workers to Germany, as well as from indifference and ignorance.

(English) Muslim Immigration to Europe

(English) Globalization is a subject of great significance for Europe, too. The world has moved closer together. This is true also for the Islamic world and Europe. New chances for the shaping of a shared future in the twenty-first century, as well as challenges, result from this situation.

(English) The Challenge of Islam: Are we equipped?

(English) It would almost seem as though many people in Germany have only started taking notice of Islam since the terrorist attacks of September 11 shook the world. “Terrorism” and “The West” were, in the minds of many people, two separate worlds. Terrorism only happened in far – away countries, like Africa, Algeria, or the Middle – East. Since the aircraft attacks of “Nine-eleven”, and succesive terrorist attacks, often prevented in Europe by the security services, but succeeding in other parts of the world, this perception is changing. The awareness of the existence of Muslim extremism, and it’s potential threat, has increased.

Muslime in Deutschland: Eine Zusammenfassung der Studie

Kurz vor dem Jahresende 2007 erschien eine umfangreiche, vom Bundes- innenministerium herausgegebene Studie unter dem Titel „Muslime in Deutschland“. Unter der Leitung der Hamburger Kriminologen Karin Brettfeld und Peter Wetzels erfragte die Studie Einstellungen von Muslimen in Deutschland zu Integration und Demokratie, Rechtsstaatlichkeit und politisch-religiös motivierter Gewalt. Der Umfang von über 500 Seiten Statistik sowie die Auswertung der Antworten von rund 1.700 Befragten aus unterschiedlichen Bereichen der Gesellschaft steht für eine relevante Erhebung, die aufgrund des Umfangs der Datenerhebung und ihre wissenschaftlich fundierte Aufbereitung zu Themen Aufschluss gibt, zu denen Kenntnisse seit geraumer Zeit dringend wünschenswert erschienen. Die Studie füllt daher eine echte Lücke, auch wenn Teilstudien zu einzelnen Aspekten in kleinerem Umfang bereits durchgeführt wurden.