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German Muslim identities in context: results from an analysis of nine German language online forums and five focus groups

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As means of getting insights into the variety of discourses within different German Muslim communities, about 6.700 postings from nine German language online forums for young German Muslims were analyzed. The discussion boards ranged from highly religious to secular and from very politically engaged to politically disinterested. Data from five focus groups with or less religious groups of young German Muslims complement these analyses. A wide range of German Muslims feel discriminated against by what they perceive as widespread prejudice against Muslims among the German majority. This prejudice is perceived as being supported by German media’s tendency to continuously frame Islam within the contexts of terrorism and the political conflicts in the Middle East. This perceived discrimination makes it difficult for many German Muslims to maintain hyphenated identities such as ‘German-Muslim’ or ‘German-Turk’. To some, religious fundamentalism, e.g. in form of a Wahabi-type of Islam, seems to be a way to solve these identity related problems by creating an unambiguous identity as a truly believing Muslim, thereby purging the own social identity of all ‘foreign’ influences. For other Muslims, the original ethnic identity becomes more salient, even if they otherwise seem to have stronger ties to German culture than to their culture of origin. On the other hand, some German Muslims try to get rid of their original culture as means of being accepted into German mainstream culture. These results are discussed in the context of social identity theory.
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Holtz, Peter. and Wagner, Wolfgang. "German Muslim identities in context: results from an analysis of nine German language online forums and five focus groups" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISPP 34th Annual Scientific Meeting, Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey, <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p504510_index.html>

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Holtz, P. and Wagner, W. "German Muslim identities in context: results from an analysis of nine German language online forums and five focus groups" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISPP 34th Annual Scientific Meeting, Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p504510_index.html

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Abstract: As means of getting insights into the variety of discourses within different German Muslim communities, about 6.700 postings from nine German language online forums for young German Muslims were analyzed. The discussion boards ranged from highly religious to secular and from very politically engaged to politically disinterested. Data from five focus groups with or less religious groups of young German Muslims complement these analyses. A wide range of German Muslims feel discriminated against by what they perceive as widespread prejudice against Muslims among the German majority. This prejudice is perceived as being supported by German media’s tendency to continuously frame Islam within the contexts of terrorism and the political conflicts in the Middle East. This perceived discrimination makes it difficult for many German Muslims to maintain hyphenated identities such as ‘German-Muslim’ or ‘German-Turk’. To some, religious fundamentalism, e.g. in form of a Wahabi-type of Islam, seems to be a way to solve these identity related problems by creating an unambiguous identity as a truly believing Muslim, thereby purging the own social identity of all ‘foreign’ influences. For other Muslims, the original ethnic identity becomes more salient, even if they otherwise seem to have stronger ties to German culture than to their culture of origin. On the other hand, some German Muslims try to get rid of their original culture as means of being accepted into German mainstream culture. These results are discussed in the context of social identity theory.


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